TWELVE regional winners from around KwaZulu Natal will gather at the Stanger High School, in Stanger this coming Saturday, to battle it out for provincial honours for the Metropolitan SASFA U16 Cup Provincial Playoffs.
The teams will be divided into 4 groups of 3 teams each, playing in a round robin format. Winners of each group meet in the knockout semi-final. Both teams will represent KZN at the national playoffs in December.
Matitiele residents were treated to an exciting final in the provincial phase of the Metropolitan SASFA U16 Cup in Eastern Cape this past weekend. Charles Morgan overcame Zamokuhle 5-4 on penalties in a thrilling final at the Thandanani stadium in Matatiele. Both Schools will progress to the National Final which takes place from 4-7 December in Limpopo this year.
The teams that will compete this weekend are Sizimele High from Amajuba, Chief Albert from Ilembe, Kwa Pata High from Umgungundlovu, Buthathubunye High from Sisonke, Mkhaliphi High from Umkhanyakude, Emthonjeniwolwazi High from Uthukela, Mdlangathi High from Ugu, Bongumenzi High from Umzinyathi, Gwejobomvu High from Uthungulu, Sikhethuxolo High from Pinetown, Ogwini Comprehensive from Umlazi and Zamangothando High from Vryheid
According to Metropolitan’s Brand Executive Belinda Faulkner, Metropolitan’s sponsorship objectives are guided by the principles of collaborative partnership, engagement, long-term sustainability and relevance.
“Our influence does not end on the soccer field. All participants undergo compulsory training workshops that include soccer coaching clinics, life-skills orientation and financial and wellness education in order to give them a holistic preparation for the future.”
President of the South African Schools Football Association and SAFA Vice-President, Mandla ‘Shoes’ Mazibuko said “We are looking forward to unleashing another period that will achieve milestones in our quest for acceleration of football development through the platform of education through sport.”
In keeping with their holistic policy of community youth development, a Life Skills component forms part of every Metropolitan-sponsored tournament. A team of CSI specialists will be on hand to provide financial and health education.
This week’s action gets underway at Stanger High School at 9am with the finals taking place in the afternoon. Both finalists will automatically qualify for the national championship later this year.