COPA Coca-Cola squads in camp

Daily Nation Newspaper - - INSIDE SPORTS - By SPORTS RE­PORTER

THE un­der-15 boys COPA Coca-Cola teams have em­barked on a two- day camp ahead of the in­au­gu­ral Africa Cup to be staged in the city of Nakuru in Kenya.

The team, com­pris­ing 16 boys who are train­ing at Lusaka’s Kab­u­longa Girls High School, went into camp on the De­cem­ber 5 as they pre­pare to meet with other teens from the con­ti­nent. The tour­na­ment will run from De­cem­ber 8 to 16 and boys will be led by Weluzani Zulu from Katete as coach.

Coca-Cola Se­nior Brand Man­ager, Vee Chibanda reaf­firmed the firm’s com­mit­ment to con­trib­ute to the growth of soc­cer in Africa through the COPA Coca Cola Africa Cup.

“We are ex­cited to see a big­ger edi­tion of the con­ti­nen­tal tour­na­ment. Last year we had a global camp that fea­tured five-aside teams, but this year we are hav­ing full aside teams. What is more ex­cit­ing is that we are tak­ing the girl-child on board. The girls are mak­ing their se­cond ap­pear­ance af­ter their in­au­gu­ral ap­pear­ance last year at the global camp held in Dur­ban South Africa. COPA Coca-Cola has changed the lives of many teenagers and we hope this tour­na­ment too will be a life chang­ing op­por­tu­nity for the par­tic­i­pants.” Chibanda said. Zam­bia Schools Sport As­so­ci­a­tion (ZASSA) pres­i­dent, Chipangano Tembo who is also head of del­e­ga­tion, ex­pressed grate­ful­ness to Coca-Cola for af­ford­ing the young­sters life chang­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. “As ZASSA we ap­plaud, ap­pre­ci­ate and ex­press our most pro­found grat­i­tude to Coca-Cola for their con­tin­ued sup­port and part­ner­ship with schools to im­prove sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in line with the new cur­ricu­lum.

“We are aware of the eco­nomic con­di­tions preva­lent in the coun­try at the mo­ment and clearly for a cor­po­rate to come up with such a spon­sor­ship is com­mend­able,” Chipangano said. Twelve coun­tries which in­clude Zim­babwe, An­gola, Malawi, Nige­ria, Uganda, Tan­za­nia, Mozam­bique, Ethiopia, Zam­bia, Botswana, South Africa and hosts Kenya will take part in the in­au­gu­ral COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup.

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