Coca-Cola Dream Team off to SA

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Under-16 Copa Coca-Cola Dream Team is scheduled to leave the country on Monday for South Africa for a five-day regional training camp at the University of Pretoria High Performance Centre.

The team was selected by sports writers and former football players during the Copa Coca-Cola national finals held in Gwanda in July and will be accompanied by Nash head-in-charge of football Albert Mucheka and Coca-Cola representative Vee Chibanda.

The training camp features specialised football training, multicultural friendship programmes, promotion of healthy living and active lifestyle.

Mucheka said: “This is an important camp for the kids as it affords them an opportunity to be trained by highly qualified coaches.  They will be in a different environment all together and the equipment there is world class.

“It also enables them to meet other children of their age from other countries. It’s good for them because it pushes them to take the sport seriously.

“Our sponsors (Coca-Cola) normally give them an opportunity to board a plane which is also a huge motivational factor to the young boys’ attitude towards taking the sport seriously.

“You find when they return their attitude will be very different because they will be in a better position to appreciate that football can be a source of living. Also it’s in line with the curriculum of taking sport seriously.

“It is not a secret that other children are not gifted in school and should be encouraged to pursue what they are good at. So we would like to thank our sponsors Coca-Cola for affording us such an opportunity for the kids.”

Boys Under-16 Dream Team: Lee Funodamoto, Edward Machinya, Munyaradzi Matore, Malfbaling Munashi, (all Dewure), Mzingaye Sibanda (Mzingwane), Wellkson Nyoni (Tohwe), Desmond Gidion, Maclean Chidabvu, Malvin Magwaza, Tatenda Jamu, Tadiwanashe Magobo, Panashe Mapuranga (all Rujeko), Tafadzwa Musamba, Ronald Master, Kelvin Chikomba (all Chemhanza), Matripples Mleya (Sobhukazi), Washington Nkomo (Gwanda), Munashe Pini (Churchill), Tafara Neruwanda, Takudzwa Mwuru (both Chinhoyi)

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