Copa Coca-Cola celebrates 10 years of lifting talent in Kenya

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Rodney Nzioka, Senior Franchise Brand Manager (left), Victor Osimbo student at Olympic High School (middle) and Musa Otieno, former Harambee stars Assistant Coach (right) hold a ball to officially launch the 2018 COPA Coca-Cola Tournament. COPA Coca-Cola is celebrating 10 years of nurturing football talent.

Close to 5000 boy’s and girls’ schools participated in this year’s edition
of the Under 16 Copa Coca Cola football tournament that was officially
launched in May 2018.

This year’s edition was the 10th anniversary and took place on July
20-29 in Eldoret during Term 2 School Games.

Teams from schools in the sub zonal, zonal, sub- county, county, and
regional levels were fully kitted courtesy of a sponsorship deal worth
Sh21.5 million shillings from Coca Cola.

The Copa Coca-Cola camps has produced some of the finest Kenyan
football players including Robinson Kamura of AFC Leopards among
others.

International players who have gone through Copa Coca-Cola include
Victor Wanyama who plays as a defensive midfielder for English Premier
League club Tottenham Hotspurs, Dennis Oliech who has played for FC
Auxerre and FC Ajaccio in Europe, and MacDonald Mariga former Inter
Milan midfielder.

With over 1.3 million teenagers from more than 60 countries taking
part, Copa Coca-Cola is recognised globally as the leading grassroots
football programme in the world.

The tournament is under the Ministry of Education, in partnership
between Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association and Coca-Cola.
Notably, Copa Coca-Cola has impacted 125,000 teens in more than 10
countries across Sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2015, more than 100 talented, football-loving teenagers from 27
countries forged new friendships and gaining valuable skills on and off
the pitch this week at the Copa Coca-Cola International Camp in Berlin,
Germany.

The six-day camp represents the pinnacle of this season’s Copa
Coca-Cola tournament, which has seen more than 1.3 million teens
compete in more than 60 countries and represents the world’s largest
brand-supported grassroots initiative.

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