The journey to the 2015 Future Champions Gauteng tournament begins this weekend when the Schools Cup takes centre-stage at the Hillview High School in Pretoria on Saturday (31st January 2015).
Sixteen of the top school sides in the Province will compete in the hope of reaching the semi-finals and in doing so qualify for the Future Champions Gauteng Cup – the second stage on the path to the International Tournament.
The tournament, organised by Global Sports International in conjunction with Gauteng’s Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, and Department of Education, as well as the South African Schools Football Association, will be played over a single day with the 16 sides split into four pools each containing four sides.
It will showcase the best of the young talent in the Province and provide the learners with the opportunity to enter the limelight and bring success to their schools.
“The Future Champions Schools Cup is the start of a wonderful journey for these learners and we hope that on this day we will be seeing the future stars of South African football. In the Gauteng province we are aiming to make 2015 a year of improvement and gains in all sectors of our society and for that reason I am sure that this year’s Schools Cup will be the most competitive and most enjoyable yet. Together we move Gauteng City Region Forward,” Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC, Ms Molebatsi Bopape, said.
The draw for the tournament was made in early January and Pool A contains Fumuna Comprehensive High School, Lamola Secondary School, Lawley Secondary School and MH Baloyi Technical Commercial School, while Pool B sees Clapham High School, Esokwazi High School, MOM Seboni High School and regular competitors Rosina Sedibane Sport School.
The 2012 Schools Cup winners Mohloli Secondary School headline Pool C along with Dan Kutumela Secondary School, Pretoria Technical High School and Johannesburg Secondary School.
Pool D contains Mosupatsela Secondary School, Tetelo Secondary School, Sagewood School and defending champions, the Sports School of Excellence.
The winners of each pool will advance to the semi-finals where the competition takes on a regular knockout format, and also win their place at the Gauteng Cup.
Tournament Director Ray Whelan, the brains behind the Future Champions Gauteng concept, says they are delighted to be back in South Africa for another year.
“Our partnership with the Gauteng Province now stretches back six years and we continue to see our tournaments grow in stature and importance. We are honoured to give the young learners of Gauteng the opportunity to build a path to take them to a career as professional footballers and we look forward to seeing the talent on display this year,” Mr Whelan said.
The four semi-finalists of the Future Champions Schools Cup will qualify to participate in the Future Champions Gauteng Cup, which also features the twelve Gauteng-based professional clubs (U17).
The four semi-finalists from that competition will then win their place in the prestigious Future Champions Gauteng International tournament that will feature some of the top Under-17 sides from around the world.
That tournament will be played from March 23-28.
FUTURE CHAMPIONS SCHOOLS CUP – FIXTURES
Fumana Comprehensive High School
Lamola Secondary School
Lawley Secondary School
MH Baloyi Technical Commercial School
09h00 (Field 1): Fumana CH School vs Lamola Secondary
09h00 (Field 2): Lawley Secondary vs MH Baloyi
11h10 (Field 1): Lamola Secondary vs MH Baloyi
11h10 (Field 2): Lawley Secondary vs Fumuna CH School
13h20 (Field 1): Lawley Secondary vs Lamola Secondary
13h20 (Field 2): Fumana CH School vs MH Baloyi
Clapham High School
Esokwazi High School
MOM Seboni High School
Rosina Sedibane Sport School
10h05 (Field 1): Clapham High vs Esokwazi High
10h05 (Field 2): MOM Seboni vs Rosina Sedibane
12h15 (Field 1): Esokwazi High vs Rosina Sedibane
12h15 (Field 2): MOM Seboni vs Clapham High
14h30 (Field 1): MOM Seboni vs Esokwazi High
14h30 (Field 2): Clapham High vs Rosina Sedibane
Mohloli Secondary School
Dan Kutumela Secondary School
Pretoria Technical High School
Johannesburg Secondary School
09h00 (Field 3): Mohloli Secondary vs Dan Kutumela
09h00 (Field 4): Pretoria Technical vs Johannesburg Secondary
11h10 (Field 3): Dan Kutumela vs Johannesburg Secondary
11h10 (Field 4): Pretoria Technical vs Mohloli Secondary
13h20 (Field 3): Pretoria Technical vs Dan Kutumela
13h20 (Field 4): Mohloli Secondary vs Johannesburg Secondary
Mosupatsela Secondary School
Tetelo Secondary School
SAFA School of Excellence
10h05 (Field 3): Mosupatsela Secondary vs Tetelo Secondary
10h05 (Field 4): Sagewood vs School of Excellence
12h15 (Field 3): Tetelo Secondary vs School of Excellence
12h15 (Field 4): Sagewood vs Mosupatsela Secondary
14h30 (Field 3): Sagewood vs Tetelo Secondary
14h30 (Field 4): Mosupatsela Secondary vs School of Excellence