Winners of the 2017 national championships of the Danone Nations Cup Benny’s Sports Academy celebrate with their trophy. Photo: Supplied
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Registration has been thrown open for the 2018 edition of the Danone Nations Cup.
The tournament is open to soccer players between the ages of 10 and 12.
Schools across the country were invited to become part of the 2018 Danone Nations Cup, which has been reputed to touch the lives of 2-million youngsters worldwide annually.
Themba Tshabalala from South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) said this year’s tournament would be the 19th edition of the competition.
South African schools have been participating since the tournament’s inception and the country has won the world title three times, in the years 2003, 2007 and 2009.
Tshabalala said the preliminary stages of the Danone Nations Cup were scheduled to start at cluster level, through to the district, the provincial and then the national finals.
The team winning the national finals would represent the country in the Danone Nations World Cup Finals.
Last year, a total of a whopping 2 700 schools nationwide registered to play in the initial rounds of the tournament.
It was anticipated that schools due to register for the 2018 Danone Nations Cup would include Limpopo’s Benny’s Sports Development and Academy, which was the 2016 national champions, and defending champions, Mophela Primary School from KwaZulu-Natal.
The format for entering the competition was flexible and differed from one country to the other.
In South Africa the preliminaries were being staged in the form of inter-school games, while other countries sent their top under-12 team at club level, while others send their national under-12 squad.
Bela-Bela’s Blaauwboschkuil Primary School’s under-12 soccer team reached the provincial finals in 2013.
9 days ago 09 November 2017