COPA gathers pace


NAIROBI, Kenya, April 7- The Copa Coca-Cola tournament continues this weekend with big and potentially closely contented matches on the cards. Fixtures are scheduled for nine counties across the country including Machakos, Narok, Kisumu, Taita Taveta, Isiolo, Tharaka Nithi, Kilifi, Bungoma and Busia.

Machakos will host their games at Machakos Teachers College while in Isiolo, games will be played at Isiolo Boys School.  

Kisumu County games will be played at Kisumu Polytechnic and St. Mathias School where 12 teams will battle it out including, Kisumu Day School, Highway Primary and Kasagam Secondary.

In Tharaka, Nithi County, a total of 12 teams will be meeting at Chuka Boys School including Gatunga Boys, Makuuni Boys, Karigini Girls and Chogoria Girls amongst others.

Busia County will host their games at Busia stadium, where teams like Butula Boys School, Sigalame Boys, Busaida Girls and Kingandole Girls School amongst others will square off against each other.

Teams from Taita Taveta County, playing at Voi stadium, will include Kenyatta High School, Voi Secondary, Shimba Girls, and Mwatate Secondary amongst others.

Bungoma county teams will include Chesami Boys, Kimugui Boys, Nzoia Girls and nine others who will be facing off at Kimilili Boys School. Narok will excite their fans at Narok University while Kilifi fans can meet at Alaskan Grounds in Malindi to watch the games.

Speaking ahead of the games, Coca-Cola Senior Marketing Brand Manager, Mrs. Catherine Mudachi, said that teams turnout at the tournament so far had been good.

“We are happy with the teams that have registered to take part in the tournament. This year, the best teams will play together all through to the international camp. That sense of cohesiveness should be a force to reckon with when the tournament progresses to the international stages,” said Mudachi.

The games will kick-off from 9am on Saturday and fans will be treated to an assortment of entertainment on the ground. They will also have an opportunity to immerse and be engaged actively in the games, where they will be rewarded for cheering on their teams.

The COPA Coca-Cola 2011 edition has also an array of prizes with the winning boys’ team at the national finals taking home a cash prize of Sh500,000 while the girls’ team will walk away with Sh200,000.

Other prizes include Sh200,000 for the second runner up in the boys competition followed by the third runner up with Sh100,000.

The top scorer, Best Goal Keeper and Man of the Match will all be awarded Sh20,000  each. In the girls’ games, the second runner up will be given Sh100,000 while the Best Cheering Fan will walk home with Sh20,000.