Four teams qualify for Copa quarters


Nairobi, April 27 – Four teams have qualified for the COPA Coca-Cola Quarter Finals after four days of the group stage matches.COPANairobi 1, Garissa, Kakamega and Kisumu all made it to the last eight while Nakuru, Migori, Meru, Eldoret and Machakos were shown the door.

Both Garissa and Nairobi 1 qualified top of Group A which also featured Nakuru, Migori and Meru. Kakamega headed Group B which featured Nyeri, Malindi and Eldoret.

The second qualifier from Group B were to be determined later Monday when the final round of games were scheduled.

The two qualifying teams in Group C which featured Bungoma, Nairobi 2, Thika and Mombasa were also be determined later Monday after the final round of games as all the teams are tied on two points each.

Kisumu emerged tops in Group D which also featured Wajir, Kisii and Machakos. Either Wajir or Kisii, both tied on 3 points stand a chance to qualify for the quarter finals depending on how they perform on their final group matches today.

The Kenya Premier League which is managing the games suspended the games for the better part of today following heavy rains that pounded the city rendering the grounds unusable.

The games now move to the Coca-Cola National Stadium for the Quarter Finals on Wednesday, Semi-Finals on Thursday and the finals on Saturday.

The National finals will be used to select the 2009 Kenya COPA Coca-Cola Dream Team which will travel to South Africa for an International Soccer Camp to undergo world-class training and coaching.

The national Dream Team will also have a chance to play in the International COPA Coca-Cola (ICCC) tournament to be held in South Africa in 2010.  Additionally, they will participate in the Confederations Cup as ball-boys and spectators.

The winning team at the finals will receive Sh500,000, certificates, medals and a trophy, while the team that takes second place will be awarded with Sh250,000, certificates, medals and a trophy, while the team in third position will get Sh100,000, certificates, medals and a trophy.

Best player will get Sh20,000 and trophy, the top scorer – Sh20,000 and trophy, best goalkeeper – Sh20,000 and trophy) and the most disciplined team – (Sh100,000, medals and trophy)