School kids’ shot at glory in Danone Cup
A TOTAL of nine provincial teams will be vying for a dream trip to New York at the 2017 U-12 Danone Nations Cup national finals tomorrow.
As many as 100 youngsters will flock to the WJ Clement Stadium in Reiger Park, east of Johannesburg, where schools from the nine provinces will battle it out for the opportunity to represent South Africa at the world finals taking place in the US in September.
The schools earned the rare privilege to contest the national finals after winning their provincial finals.
The teams’ coaches have spent the last week fine-tuning, building team spirit and instilling confidence in the kids ahead of the big day.
Mbishi Mokoena, who guided Benny’s Sports Academy to the national championships last year, had words of advice for this year’s finalists.
“I would advise the coaches to allow the kids to express themselves and show off their talents. Don’t shout at them from the side of the field,” Mokoena said.
“They have had them since January and it is now time to let them show what they have and how they perform on the big stage.”
The Gauteng finals produced 45 goals on the day, more than any other provincial final and there will be high expectations on them reaching the finals.
Arcon Park Primary School, coached by Sam Nnete, reached the provincial finals for the second time this year. They previously reached the final in 2014 but things didn’t go well for them.
“We went back to the drawing board after that and began putting together a team that would get us to the nationals. This now is that team,” Nnete said.