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Clapham High School defend Gauteng COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Title

Reigning COPA Coca-Cola Champions, Clapham High School successfully defended their Gauteng COPA Coca-Cola Provincial title on Saturday, 4 August. The Kagiso Stadium situated West of Johannesburg, allowed for fans to witness the arch-rivalry between Transnet School of Excellence and Clapham High school both playing the final.

The scintillating game ended in an evenly balanced 0-0, prompting the two evenly matched teams to battle it out on penalty kicks. This saw the reigning champions have an upper hand and marshalled their way to victory through a 4-2 penalty shoot-out.

Clapham High school made their intentions clear in their opening encounter against Johannesburg Secondary School, outplaying them and winning by a convincing 3-0 margin. The school continued their dominance by easily brushing aside Esokwazi High School by a 4-0 margin in their second match.

The Gauteng defending champions had General Smuts High School as their last Group A match which they easily overcame with a 2-0 victory to set up a repeat of last year’s COPA Coca-Cola Gauteng Provincial Play Off final against Transnet School of Excellence. Their opening encounter was a tough one against former champions Rosina Sedibane as they edged the Tshwane based school 1-0. The school continued to gain momentum when they followed up with a 2-0 victory over Vezukhono Secondary School, while their 0-0 draw against Lukhanyo Secondary School was enough to see them through to the final.

Both Clapham High School & the Transnet School of excellence showed tactical awareness with the game being a pound to pound type of game with both schools finding it difficult to find the back of the net for 90 minutes football. The game had to be decided on penalty kicks, which saw Clapham High School prevail as the Gauteng champions with a 4-2 victory over their arch rivals. The victory by Clapham books them a spot at the COPA Coca-Cola national championships final as the 4th provincial team to partake in the final scheduled to take place in Port Elizabeth on the 26-29 September.

As an addition to this year’s COPA Coca-Cola tournament, Coca-Cola launched its COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars search. The future stars project seeks to handpick talented players with potential and that will be done by COPA Coca-Cola Ambassador, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu.

Mahlangu alongside a team of talent scouts comprising of former players in Simba Marumo, Vela Khumalo SA U17 assistant coach and Jabulani Mendu, will hand pick the talented players who will have an opportunity to be part of a unique training camp scheduled to take place at the High Performance centre in Tshwane later this year.

The next stop for the tournament will be on Saturday, 11 August at the COPA Coca-Cola North West Provincial Play Offs at the Alabama Stadium in Klerksdorp where COPA Coca-Cola ambassador, Jabu “Shuffle” Mahlangu and scouts will be there to identify more players for the COPA Coca-Cola Future Stars camp.

“As expected, the Gauteng province displayed amazing talent. It was also great to see other local scouts being present which will give these youngsters an even better opportunity of being scouted. Over and above the great football that was on display, it was encouraging to see how Coca-Cola brought together the community of Kagiso together for a full day of entertainment” said Mahlangu.

Clapham High School Road to the final:

Team A Score Team B
Johannesburg Secondary School 0-3 Clapham Secondary School
Clapham Secondary School 4-0 Esokwazi High School
Clapham Secondary School 2-0 General Smuts High School

Final Match:
Clapham High School (4) 0-0 (2) Transnet School of Excellence

Upcoming COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Play Offs:

11 August North West Alabama Stadium
18 August KwaZulu-Natal King Zwelithini Stadium
25 August Free State Bohlokong Stadium
1 September Limpopo Malamulele Stadium
8 September Mpumalanga Lynville Stadium
26–29 September Eastern Cape Wolfson Stadium

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