Playoffs get extra spice

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Organisers of the Mille Cup have invited the technical staff of Majimbos to the second yearly Mille Cup national playoffs in Durban from Saturday until Monday.

Themba Tshabalala, manager of the South African Schools Football Association, said the matches will be played at Cato Manor sports ground.

"We thought it will be a great opportunity for the youngsters competing in Durban to impress the under-17 national coaches," he said.

"This was after many of the boys impressed during the provincial eliminations.

"It was great to see development coaches of some of the professional clubs attending."

Osizweni High from KwaZulu-Natal won the inaugural tournament last year.

Tshabalala said 18 schools, two each from the nine provinces, have qualified to compete in the tournament.

"The high standard of football that we've witnessed since the start of this tournament has been awesome," said Shoes Mazibuko, Sasfa chairman.

The winners pocket R60000 for their school, and gold medals. while the runners-up will be presented with silver medals and trophies.

Meanwhile, the MTN Under-16 Cup national playoffs start in Mamelodi next Tuesday. The finals will take place next Saturday.

The 18 schools are:

Northern Cape - Riet Rivier Primary and Steinkopf High;

Mpumalanga - East High and Zacheus Malaza;

Eastern Cape - Mbodleni JSS and Mzimvubu JSS;

North West - Thabiso and Lesedi Middle;

Gauteng - Transnet Football School of Excellence and Progress High;

Western Cape - Cloetesville High and Murray Secondary;

Free State - Thato JSS and Koffiefontein Intermediate;

Limpopo - Khaiso and Sechichi; KwaZulu-Natal - Buhlebemfundo and Mehlokazulu.