Ntsu book their place in the Copa Coca Cola Provincial Play-Offs




Bohlokong Stadium in Bethlehem hosted the Under 18 Copa

Coca-Cola Regional Finals for the Thabo Mofutsanyana region this past

weekend. Ntsu high school, fourth time entrants into the competition, beat

Taung high School 3 – 0 to win a place in the provincial finals which take

place at the same venue on Saturday.




Four schools participated in the tournament that was played on a knockout

basis. Ntsu’s first game against Khotso Uxolo High School resulted in a 2

all draw but Ntsu went on to win the match 3 – 2 on penalties to win through

to the final. . 




Team Coach, Michael Masooa could not contain his excitement on his team’s



“For the past four years I have been eyeing Copa Coca-Cola as a tournament

to win and we are now through to the next level, the provincial finals,

which is very exciting.  But the battle is not yet won and I will spend the

next week preparing the boys mentally and physically for the next step. We

are looking forward to the challenge and hopefully will make it to the

national finals for the first time this year.”




Also looking forward to the provincial finals is Ntsu player, Bekhisiwe

Tshabalala:  “This is one opportunity that will remain in my memory for

life. Not only is Copa Coca-Cola the best tournaments at school level, but I

am fascinated by Andile Jali’s style of play.  Knowing that he was

discovered through Copa Coca-Cola has boosted my confidence. I play central

midfield just like him.”




The 17-year old captain said that he expects to see quality players

unearthed from Free State through this tournament.  He further believes his

school has a better than average change of winning through to the national

finals, singling out defender, Motsamai Motsamai and striker Kgotso Letswalo

as key players  that have it in them to make a difference: “Both players

were with the team last year, and know the kind of challenges we will be

facing so their advice and knowledge is invaluable to the team.”




“A number of regions held their finals this past weekend and Coca-Cola was

at most giving support to the players and the community,” said Anthony

Garstang, Brand Experience Manager, Coca-Cola South Africa. “Through Copa

Coca-Cola we are looking at promoting an active lifestyle as well as

creating a platform for youngsters to show off their skills to be recognised

and taken into development structures to be polished.  This year Coca-Cola

is also focusing on the fans, the fans that might not be professionals, but

these are the supporters of the future. For them we are giving a free 300ml

Coke on entry into the stadium and we will further entertain them with






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