Copa Coca-Cola is here

BULAWAYO - A total of 24 teams will battle it out to see who will be crowned the 2015 Copa Coca-Cola champions in the boys’ Under-16 and girls’ Under-17 categories.

Gifford High will host the boys’ competition while the girls’ tournament will be staged at Montrose High.

Today all the participating teams from the country’s 10 provinces are expected to arrive at the venues where the players will be vetted to ensure they are the correct age.

The matches will commence tomorrow morning with the group matches.

Mashonaland East’s Chemhanza are the defending boys’ champions while Masvingo’s Chidyamakono are hoping to win a third straight title in the girls category.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the quarter-finals and the winners will progress to the semi-finals before going to the finals. The losing semi-finalists will play in the third and fourth play-offs.

Bulawayo province champions Mpopoma High are eager to make an impression at the national finals of the tournament.

Mpopoma coach Misheck Maphosa said: “The boys have boosted their confidence by winning at district and provincial level. This year we want to make sure we are the national winners. I believe we have all what it takes to win. The boys have been training together for a while now and our team is in good shape.”

According to the National Association of Secondary School Heads, head in charge of football in Bulawayo, Gifford John Nzima, all systems are ready for the games to kick-off.

“We are almost ready. Everything needed in terms of material is in place. The boys will be accommodated at Gifford High while the Girls will be at Montrose High.

“We are expecting the teams tomorrow (today) and at 2pm we will start our vetting. The vetting will be done at Gifford High for both boys and girls,” he said.

Boys

Group A: Rujeko, Mpopoma, Mutare Boy

Group B: Prince Edward, Chemhanza, Nemakonde

Group C: Dewure, Guinea Fowl, Gifford

Group D: Tsholotsho, How Mine, Bernard Mizeki

Girls

Group A: Furamera, Selonga, Chidyamakono

Group B: Sodbury, Mwenezi, Seke 1

Group C: Zumba, Montrose, Dinyane

Group D: Saint Francis, Magwegwe, Nyamauru

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