NAIROBI, Kenya, March 1- Twenty four teams will head to Machakos to battle for Eastern region honours of the COPA Coca-Cola tournament on April 2-4.
The 16 boys and 8 girls teams were selected during last weekend’s COPA districts event after emerging winners from a pool of 125 teams.
The tournament in Eastern region was played in 8 major towns including Meru, Embu, Isiolo, Chuka, Makueni, Mwingi, Kitui and Machakos.
In the Meru boys category, Kithirune Youth Club and Kaaga Boys High school, qualified for the provincials while Ntunene Girls Secondary School will represent the town during the provincials.
In Embu, Kangaru Boys Secondary, Nguvio Boys secondary and Kamama qualified from the boys teams. Kangaru Girls secondary team trounced their opponents to proceed to the provincials.
Isiolo town will be represented by Isiolo Boys Secondary (A) and Quba. Moi Girls Marsabit from the town will be joining the other 7 girls’ teams at the Provincials.
Kibugua and Kiamuriuki teams qualified from the games played in Chuka, and Magumoni Ladies Stars will be accompanying them to the provincials.
In Makueni, Mwawani Seconday and Makueni Boys qualified from the boys teams while the girls will be represented by Mavindu Girls Seconday school.
Mwingi Primary School will represent Mwingi town and the girls will be represented by Kyanika Primary School.
In Kitui, Twelve Stars Youth Club qualified from the boys teams. The girls will be represented by Katungi Secondary School.
Masii United, Scotlanders Youth Club and Muslim Township Primary School triumphed in Machakos while the girls will be represented by Matuu Girls Secondary School.
The upscale of the tournament from 256 to 1,324 teams makes COPA Coca-Cola the biggest football tournament outside of the schools system. Awards will be given to the winning boys’ and girls’ teams for Best Player of the Tournament, The Leading top scorer, Best Goalkeeper and The Most disciplined Team.
The Dream Team which comprises 16 of the best players from the national tournament will travel to South Africa for a soccer camp to undergo world-class training and coaching and have a chance to play in the Africa COPA Coca-Cola tournament.