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Chelsea FC trip up for grabs in Copa finals

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 17- Top players at this year’s Copa-Coca Cola finals will travel to Chelsea FC for a two-week camp next month.

The announcement was made Wednesday during the draw for the national finals set for Kisumu where 11 teams were divided into three pools.

Speaking during the draw, Coca-Cola Country Manager, Jorsen Patten said the top scorer, best keeper and overall best outfield player in the age group tournament will make the London trip with plans afoot to include other top European sides in future.

“We hope to take the winning teams to such international camps so as to provide more players with the much needed exposure,” Jorsen added.

Pool A has JMJ Academy of Nairobi, Chavakali High School of Western, Taqwa High (Eastern) and Ambira High (Nyanza) while Mombasa High (Coast), Ainul Qamar (North Eastern), Mombwo High (Rift Valley) and Gituru High (Central) are in Pool B.

Makindu United (Eastern), Lassale Youth (Central) and Friends Bwake of Rift Valley were drawn in the three-team Pool C.

“There will be a total of 15 matches during the preliminary stages,” said Kenyan Premier League representative at the draw Gerald Chege said.

“The top 8 ranked teams from all the pools will then be chosen to go into the quarterfinals where they will play knockout matches right up to the finals,” he explained.

The top teams will share Sh1m in prizes where the winning team will receive Sh600, 000, runners-up Sh300, 000 and third finishers Sh100, 000.

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Jomo Kenyatta Sports grounds will host the one-week finals that start Sunday where fans will be treated to a number of activities that will culminate with a major concert featuring Kenya’s renowned artistes, Nameless, Jaguar and Nonini.

Copa Coca-Cola is staged in a number of countries around the world including USA, Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Chile, and culminates in a World Cup style International COPA Coca-Cola tournament (ICCC) each summer.

In Africa, it is played in South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, Angola, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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