Benny’s Sports Academy were the 2016 winners of the South African leg of the Danone Nations Cup. Photo: Supplied
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A total of 18 school soccer teams were lined up to compete for a spot in the provincial leg of the coveted Danone Nations Cup.
The preliminary stages of the competition for the Waterberg are scheduled to take place next Wednesday 9 May.
Conspicuous on the list of finalists is Laerskool Alma, and further afield, Marapong Primary School of Lephalale.
The other schools, drawn from across the region, are Modisha Primary School, Moroathebe Primary School, Mothibedi Combined School, Nakedi-Kobe Primary School, Njinga Sindane Primary School, Nyakorwae Primary School, Paledi Primary School, Phooko Primary School, Sereme Primary School, Sibisi Primary School, Tagane Primary School, Thabakhubedu Primary School, Tshokotshoko Primary School, Vhangani Primary School, Wayeni Primary School and Xilumani Primary School
Benny’s Sports Academy, which won the national finals in 2016, have advanced to the provincial knockout stages, after winning the Vhembe district preliminaries.
The academy beat Haggai Primary School 2-1 on penalties, after the match ended 0-all at the end of regulation time.
South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) national chairperson, Themba Tshabalala, said districts such as the Waterberg were expected to round off their respective preliminaries in time for the big day in Polokwane.
The Danone Nations Cup regional finals in Mopani were scheduled for Lenyenye Stadium in Tzaneen, while for Sekhukhune the preliminaries would take place at Jane Furse Stadium.
The finals in Capricorn were to be staged at Sekgosese Stadium in Senwabarwana.
All the latter fixtures were scheduled for Wednesday 9 May.
The Danone Nations Cup for 10 and 12-year-olds was launched in the year 2000, and hailed as the world’s largest international soccer tournament for 10 to 12 year-olds.
The tournament has been branded as the World Cup for kids.
The Danone Nations Cup touches the lives of 2,5-million children worldwide, and upwards of 45 000 youngsters in South Africa alone.
8 months ago 04 May 2018