Mpopoma girls for COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup in Kenya
FIVE Mpopoma High School girls are heading off to Nakuru, Kenya for the COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup, an Under-15 football tournament set for 10 to 15 December.
The five, Thando Sibanda, Priscillah Marikosi, Nosipho Dube, Nomqhele Thwala and Rufaro Maphosa are part of the Zimbabwean team which leaves the country on Saturday for Kenya. Mpopoma girls’ coach, Sisasenkosi Mapungwana will take charge of the 16-member Zimbabwean lasses team in Kenya. Thekwane contributed two players together with Vainona and Sodbury while Ramauru, Gaza, Marlborough, Muzokomba and Dzivarasekwa 2 have one player each.
Mpopoma were beaten 2-1 in the girls’ final by Nyamauru of Manicaland at this year’s COPA CocaCola national competition held in Zvishavane in July.
Pamushana coach, Bernard Matenga has been tasked with mentoring the Zimbabwean boys team at the same competition in Kenya. Prince Edward have the highest number of players in the boys’ side with four of their lads among those making it to Kenya. They are followed by Mutare Boys High with three, the same as Pamushana while Guinea Fowl, Mpopoma, Mtshabezi, Waddilove, Pfupajena and Rusununguko have one player each in the 16-man squad.
National Association of Secondary Heads head in charge of football, Albert Mucheka will lead the Zimbabwean delegation to Kenya. Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are the countries taking part in the COPA Coca-Cola Africa Cup.
With Zimbabwe and Kenya the only ones having girls teams at the tournament, there is a special programme meant for the Zimbabwean and Kenyan lasses.