KZN to decide their Danone Nations Cup representative


TWELVE primary schools from KwaZulu-Natal will be taking a step closer to

fulfilling a dream when they play in the Provincial Finals of the Danone

Nations Cup this coming Saturday.

The teams have already competed in gruelling qualifiers in their respective

clusters and regions.  The winner on Saturday will go on to compete in the

National Finals with the ultimate winner representing South Africa in the

Danone Nations Cup World finals in London later in the year.

The Danone Nations Cup is an international competition involving U-12 teams

from around the world. Since its inception in 2000, the tournament has

touched the lives of over 15 million kids with the key message being to

follow a healthy lifestyle and to believe in their dreams. The tournament is

built on the fundamental values: enthusiasm, openness, proximity and fair


The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Finals will be played on Saturday at the King

Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, Durban. All KwaZulu-Natal regional winners

have already been identified and they are: Sipheni Senior Primary School –

Amajuba Region; Taylors Primary School – Umgungundlovu Region; Woodford

Primary School – Uthukela Region; Emtathe Combined Primary School –

Umzinyathi Region; Maqumbi Primary School – Ilembe Region; Uphaphazi Primary

School – Umkhanyakude Region; Enkelabantwana Full Service School – Sisonke

Region, Inkatha Primary School – Ugu Region, Imizikayipani Primary School –

Empangeni Region; Ndongeni Primary School – Umlazi Region, Ensukangihlale CP

School – Vryheid Region  and Simphumelele Primary School – Pinetown Region

South Africa’s representative at the 2012 Danone Nations Cup World Finals

were from KwaZulu-Natal.  Sinamuva Primary School from Pietermaritzburg

played in the tournament in Warsaw, Poland. They have not qualified for the

provincial playoffs this year.

Emtathe Combined Primary School from Sibongile Township will be representing

the Umzinyathi region at the Provincial Finals. Their coach, Madoda

Ntshingila, says the school first played in the tournament in 2010, and in

2011 they were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the provincial finals. “We

hope to do better this time,” he said. “The boys love it because they get to

travel, but it is challenging getting the kids to schools that are far


Ntshingila says the team is well prepared and they understand the importance

of training and analysing their strength and weaknesses. “We have worked

hard to reach this stage of the tournament and I would like them to go out

there and enjoy themselves. Deep down, I wish we could win and make it to

the national finals, but I will not put pressure on them. It’s about them

having fun.” He singles out Mizo Zulu, a defender and striker Kenneth Mabine as 

key players.


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