Copa Coca-Cola kicked off to a great start on the 28th of April when Johannesburg East District were hosted at Highlands North High School. This day proved to be a feast of goals as a record 71 goals were placed behind the net in the U/15 Copa Coca-Cola tournament.
Copa Coca-Cola in partnership with SASFA prepare fixtures and matches of prestigious U/15 Cup tournament that is open to all types of schools in the South Africa. Mathule “Twice” Makhotla, SASFA Gauteng Chairperson says “The stage has been prepared for the elimination phase at cluster and district level in preparations of the provincial finals come 4th August at Moletsane Sports Complex in Soweto. The reason for an early completion of the games before the June School recess is to allow schools a thorough opportunity to prepare, fine-tune and play friendlies as part of the overall plan”
The schools that participated reflected the demographics and illustrated social cohesion as promoted by the Department of Education. Playing side by side as equals despite the economic standing of some of the teams was evident that football is a language spoken by all.
Highlands North High led the pack of 8 schools that will be representing Johannesburg East in the Ekurhuleni Regional finals. Regional finals will be hosted at Highlands North High School with a total of 32 teams that will battle it out for a spot in the provincial final that will take place later this year.
Schools Football in Gauteng will now follow the regional demarcation of the Gauteng Education Department which has four regions for functionality and better coordination whilst the 15 districts continue to exist. Ekurhuleni Region is comprised of Johannesburg East, Ekurhuleni North, South & Gauteng East districts.
“Previously, we used to feature prominently in school’s football alongside the best teams in the province and we believe the time is ripe for us to reclaim our dominance and influence when it comes to school’s football in the province and the country” said Joe Madia the Head of Sport at Highlands North. The school prides itself for having produced players such as Lebogang Manyama, Oupa Manyisa, Lethlogonolo Masalesa, Thuso Phala and Menzi Masuku just to name a few.
The candidate schools for Johannesburg East are as follows:
i.Highlands North High
ii.Ivory Park Secondary
vi.St Enda’s College
Two of the teams that will progress from the regional final will play in the provincial final on the 4th of August at Moletsane Sports Complex in Soweto.