By Martin Muleya.
Mutare, Zimbabwe. (News of The South) –
The dice for the 30th edition of the Zimbabwe’s schools’ most prestigious and oldest sponsored COPA Coca Cola Under 15 soccer tournament was cast last Tuesday at Rusununguko High School.
Manicaland teams are expected to clash with Zvishavane and Matabeleland South winning teams in both girls and boys categories respectively.
Newcomers to the tournament since its inception in 2010 girls soccer category Mamunyadza high school are optimistic that this year the football gods will smile at them again and gain a ticket to the national finals slated to b played in Zvishavane, Midlands province.
Mamunyadza a relatively rural school from Buhera district replaced three time provincial winners Nyamauru last year after walloping them 3-1 in the provincial finals played at Bumba high school in Chimanimani district.
With such a streak of winning formula Mamunyadza made all the way to Bindura where again they managed to play in the finals and were unfortunate as they failed to snatch the national title that has been founding its way to Masvingo for the past three years at Chidyamakono high school. Chidyamakono edged the Manicaland girls representative 1-0 to retain the national title.
For the boys soccer it has not been a good story to write home about as the provincial winners Mutare Boys’ High school made an early exit at last year’s edition while still holed in the group stages. Speaking at the official launch Coca Cola Senior Brand manager Vee Chibanda said she was optimistic that the sponsorship of the tournament particularly to the girl child would pay tribute to junior players who want to eke a living out of sport.
“We have been sowing the seeds of football everywhere for the good of all. We do hope and believe the girls soccer tournament which is in its 8th edition will continue to pay tribute to the junior players who have worked very hard over many years to attain the standards required to represent their schools.
“This year we want to bring up the girl child. We realised that there is no reason why boys should get more than what girls get. So this year the good news is we have equalled the playing field, the prizes will be the same, said Chibanda.
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