St Francis College from Marianhill in Pinetown are the new KwaZulu-Natal champions of the COPA Coca-Cola U15 Football Tournament.
The school won the provincial tournament hosted by Coca-Cola in conjunction with the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA), held at the Ulundi Regional Stadium in Ulundi on Saturday after beating Guzana Secondary School from 0(4) – 0 (2) in the final.
COPA Coca-Cola is a global initiative that gives millions of young football fans a chance to come together and celebrate their passion for football, and also affords them the opportunity to realise their greatest potential by living an active healthy lifestyle.
The South African initiative searches for raw talent to find the best U15 school teams, as well as the most promising U15 talent in the country, by conducting level-by-level knockout competitions.
Furthermore, COPA Cup has added a new innovation to the 2015 edition of the tournament through the new ‘Which Part Will You Play’ campaign which recognises that every footballer plays an important role in their team beyond football skills. COPA Cup will be selecting an invitational side, which will travel to the COPA Cup National Finals, comprising of 11 individuals who epitomise the key components which make up a successful football team.
Nkululeko Loliwe, a striker from Guzana Secondary School was selected to join the invitational side after being identified as ‘The Joker’ for his display of an impressive energetic and enthusiastic style of play.
Joining Loliwe is Mhlengi Zondi, also a striker, from Zwelibanzi High School in Umlazi Township. Zondi was identified as The Underdog for his influential and intellectual style of play and never say die attitude.
Both Loliwe and Zondi will join the 10 other character selectees at the COPA Cup National Finals scheduled for 23–26 September 2015.