Kgale Hill Community Junior Secondary School on Friday walked away with P4000, a gold trophy, gold medals and a Coca Cola branded kit after winning the COPA Cola Junior School finals held at the Lekedi Football Centre on Friday.
The competitions, which gives Botswana Junior Secondary School students a chance to showcase their talent for selection to play in the national youth teams, is sponsored by Coca Cola annually.
In this year’s finals, the games kicked off with the girls from Pandagala CJSS from Tutume and Morama CJSS from Jwaneng battling it out for the gold trophy and mostly the much anticipated P4000 incentive. Pandagala CJSS went on to win the game by walloping the mining town girls 2-1 in an exciting encounter.
The girls from Tutume pocketed P4000, a gold trophy, gold medals and Coca Cola soccer kit, courtesy of Coca Cola, while Morama CJSS, who were the defending champions, received P3000, silver medals and free Coca Cola branded soccer kit.
The third position in the girl’s category went to Ranokanyane CJSS who walked away with P1000, bronze medals and a kit.
The coach of Pandagala CJSS, Unison Kepaletswe said he was very ecstatic yet humbled by her team, saying it had played 31 games without a loss, only drawing once.
But the attention of the day lay in the boys’ finals as the boys from Kgale Hill CJSS and the boys from the second city of Botswana, Montsamaisa CJSS, showed the girls how it’s done.
Kgale Hill boys sent the Francistowners home after walloping them by 3 goals to 2.
Letsatle Letsatle opened the party of goals for his Kgale Hill boys with a penalty, while Norman Sefudi scored the second goal before end of the first half.
When the second half resumed, Oteng Gaolatlhiwe answered back for the Ghetto boys, before Norman Sefudi scored a brace. Same Olatotse went on to score the second goal for Montsamaisa CJSS while Godiraone Tsumagae sealed the match with the fourth goal for the Kgale Hill side.
Kgale Hill won P4000, a gold trophy, gold medals and a free kit from Coca Cola.
The second and third teams consecutively won same prices as the girl teams of the same positions.
Lore Oabile, head coach of Kgale Hill, said his team had prepared well for the games hence winning all their games and drawing once. In awarding the winners’ prices, the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) National Organizer, Alphious Moloi, said he is very proud of Coca Cola in nurturing football talent in the country, adding “without them we cannot identify talent in the youth, especially that they play motivated knowing that at the end of the day they are rewarded.”
Jellusic Vasselin, the former head coach of the Zebras who is now responsible for the youth development teams said he was very thankful to of Coca Cola as it helps in exposing talent making it easier for the coaches “to select the best talent from the youngsters”.