South Africa are one of two countries to have won the tournament three times; taking the title in 2003, 2007 and 2009
Primary schools in the Northern Cape are among thousands countrywide that will be eligible to register for the twentieth edition of the Under-12 Danone Nations Cup soccer tournament, with the finale set to take place in Barcelona, Spain in March.
Themba Tshabalala, national administrator of the SA Schools Football Association (Sasfa), that co-ordinates the South African leg of the worldwide youth football competition, confirmed that while they had two co-ordinators in the Northern Cape, it was likely that the old entrants – including some new participants from the Province – would come on board this year.
Tshabalala said they would only be able to tally the number of schools that have registered for the tournament in about a week’s time.
Registrations for the youth competition opened on Monday this week.
In the notice sent out on Monday the organisation pointed out that schools can register online, or by contacting Tshabalala himself, or they could alternatively visit the sponsor, Danone Nations Cup South Africa’s, Facebook page.
Over the years several schools in the Province have entered the competition with some achieving remarkable results. Last year five schools from the Northern Cape qualified to take part in the provincial finals of the competition. Among them were two first-time qualifiers, Gaekae Primary from Maruping village near Kuruman and Lutzburg Intermediate from Kakamas.
The others were Aggeneys Primary from Namakwa district, Vaal River Combined from the Francis Baard area and Kareeville Primary from the Pixley Ka Seme district. Lutzburg Intermediate were eventually crowned the NC provincial champions, but they were eliminated in the round-robin stages of the national finals in Gauteng.
The particularly exciting thing about this year’s competition is that this year marks two major milestones Danone, namely that the company turns 100 years old, and it is the 20th edition of the tournament.
Being their centenary year, the sponsor has decided to host a spectacular double final in the place where it all began – Barcelona.
South Africa are one of two countries to have won the tournament three times; taking the title in 2003, 2007 and 2009.
In 2006 the SA was named the best attacking team and produced the top goal scorer.
In 2008 South Africa won the Team Spirit award and in 2013 and 2016 the teams were recognised by the Department of Sports and Recreation as the best development team in the country.
Games will kick-off at cluster level in March culminating in the national final to be held, at a venue to be decided, in June or July.
The World Finals are expected to take place in early October precise dates will be announced later.