Kenya is set to host the second edition of the COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup for secondary schools; this year in Thika at Mpesa Academy. The tournament is slated for the 2nd to 5th of December 2019.
The hosts and the inaugural champions, Kenya, will be seeking to retain the title they won last year at the games that were held in Nakuru, Kenya.
This year, the COPA Coca-Cola tournament was more than football in all participating schools across Africa. It sought to impact behavior change by introducing plastic collection as part of educating them on the importance of a cleaner environment by taking care of plastics disposal.
In Kenya, at least 92,057.50 kilogrammes were collected in the entire championship period with five schools achieving the highest numbers and winning the pitch refurbishment in their respective institutions. These are Mutuini High from Nairobi, St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School from the Coast, Mwiruti Mixed Secondary from the Rift and Mountain region, Bishop Okul Girls from the Nyanza region and finally Nyang’ori High School from the Western region.
In the Pan-African tournament, twelve (12) teams will compete against each other to determine who will be the Under-16 champion of Africa. The participating teams will include, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Burkina Faso, Namibia and the host country Kenya.
“The COPA Africa Cup is a platform that will go a long way in ensuring the students are the next generation of soccer stars. The array of stars the tournament has provided to the national football teams of the participating teams is a testament of the crucial nature of the games. Our partner, The Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) has immensely supported and managed the tourney ensuring success of the games,” said Mr. Evanson Ndungu, Coca-Cola Marketing Manager- Kenya, The Coca-Cola Company, Kenya.
A total of twenty (20) matches will be played over the tournament period. The games format will have the twelve teams being grouped into four groups. Each group will consist of three teams. The best two teams in each group will qualify for the quarter finals. The teams will then head for knock-out matches until the best team wins.
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The Coca-Cola Company enables people around the world to experience and celebrate their passion for football. The company has one of the longest corporate partners of FIFA with a formal relationship since 1974 and an official sponsorship of FIFA World Cup™ that began in 1978.
“Previously, the company invested in taking outstanding players in specialized training in the COPA Coca-Cola global camps where they visited most of the football iconic cities. Now, we are exposing the students to friendly professional competitions, a wide range of coaches and scouts from the best football clubs all over Africa in a bid to ensure they are scouted to continue their footballing journey. We urge all football stakeholders; parents, teachers and scouts to walk with us in this journey of unearthing African football talents and skills,” Said Ms. Phillipine Mtikitiki – General Manager, Coca-Cola East & Central Africa Franchise.
The games are part of the company’s wider commitment to improve the sport in the continent. Since 1989, The COPA Coca-Cola tournament has been played in Africa each year with the first country to play the games being Zimbabwe. This is in addition to the company’s investment in the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tours from over the years where the trophy has been visiting more than 50 countries including Kenya to bring the World Cup closer to the people.
Kenya will be represented by the 2019 Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Under-16 champions Serani for boys and Wiyeta for girls.
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Hosts and reigning champions, Kenya, have been pooled in group A alongside Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
2018; Inaugural Championship
The first edition of the championship was held in Kenya December 10th and 15th, 2018. Kenya’s representatives scooped both the girls’ and boys’ trophies. The Kenyan Boys from St. Anthony’s Kitale were in superb form; outwitting Nigeria 3-2 on post match penalties. The match had ended at 0-0 on regulation time, forcing the post match penalties to be taken so as to decide the winner. In the girls’ category, Kenya ( Moi High School Nangili girls) recorded a double win over Zimbabwe by defeating them 1-0 at the finals to lift the trophy.
Here are the collated 2018 championship results:
COLLATED GROUP STAGE RESULTS-BOYS UNDER 16 SOCCER:
DAY 1: MONDAY, 10/12/2018: PRELIMINARIES
Kenya 11 vs 1 Ethiopia
Nigeria 1 vs 2 Zambia
Uganda 2 vs 1 Malawi
Angola 0 vs 10 South Africa
DAY 2: TUESDAY, 11/12/2018: PRELIMINARIES
South Africa 0 vs 0 Tanzania
Malawi 0 vs 2 Mozambique
Zambia 0 vs 0 Zimbabwe
Ethiopia 0 vs 0 Botswana
DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, 12/12/2018: PRELIMINARIES
Kenya 3 vs 0 Botswana
Nigeria 3 vs 0 Zimbabwe
Uganda 1 vs 1 Mozambique
Angola 0 vs 3 Tanzania
TABLE STANDINGS AFTER THE PRELIMINARIES:
Kenya- 6 points
Botswana- 1 point
Ethiopia- 1 point
Zambia- 4 points
Nigeria- 3 points
Zimbabwe- 1 point
Mozambique- 4 points
Uganda- 4 points
Malawi- 0 points
South Africa- 4 points
Tanzania- 4 points
Angola- 0 ponits
DAY 4: THURSDAY 13TH DECEMBER- QUARTER FINALS:
Kenya 1 vs 0 Uganda
Zambia 1 vs 0 Tanzania
Mozambique 0 (3) vs 0 (4) Botswana
South Africa 1 vs 2 Nigeria
DAY 5: FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER (SEMI- FINALS)
Kenya 1 vs 0 Zambia
Botswana 0 vs 5 Nigeria.
DAY 6: SATURDAY 15TH DECEMBER
Zambia 1(4) vs 1 (5) Botswana
Kenya 1 vs 0 Zimbabwe
Kenya 0 (3) vs 0 (2) Nigeria.
OVERALL RANKINGS- BOYS:
TOP SCORER- BOYS: Jacob Onyango from Kenya with 5 goals