Copa Coca-Cola reaches climax

HARARE - Zimbabwe's fledgling football stars will be on show this Friday when the Copa Coca-Cola provincial finals explode across 13 venues in ten provincial centers.

At least 1 012 football starlets representing 92 district teams of the country’s finest Uunder-16 boys and Under-17 girls will battle to win their various provincial finals.

This will see them book passage to the national finals that will be held in Bulawayo on July 18 and 19.

The provincial finals are a culmination of the 2015 grassroots tournament launched in May this year with schools in nine provinces competing at a zonal level.

Winners of the zonal competitions, then compete at the district finals en route to representing their provinces at the national finals of the tournament.

The schools grassroots football tournament aims to identify, nurture and reward the best in young footballing talent.

Copa Coca-Cola is the premier grassroots tournament that unlocks the ambitious dreams and possibilities of Africa’s football stars.

The tournament aims to inspire young footballers to achieve their dreams through a renowned and respected Pan African soccer tournament.

“Copa Coca-Cola is more than a game. It is an opportunity for teens to be active while playing the sport they love,” said Takunda Jinda, Coca-Cola brand manager.

“We want to keep inspiring teens to lead active, healthy lives, to form lasting friendships and to follow their dreams. Copa Coca-Cola has produced many sportsmen and women that have gone on to become professionals over the past 26 years.

“Through Copa Coca-Cola participants have the opportunity to have their talent discovered on a global platform. It’s an amazing experience that brings people together from all over the world.”

Venues: Mat South (Matopo High School), Masvingo (Chibi High), Bulawayo (Gifford High School, Mash West (Chinhoyi High), Midlands (Zvishavane Secondary School), Mash Central (Hermain Germainer and Chipindura), Mat North (Chilisa High), Mash East (Assisssi High and Madzivire), Manicaland (Vengere High), Harare (Prince Edward and Vainona).

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