ALL roads will lead to Rehoboth this weekend for the COPA Coca-Cola national school finals, where 14 boys’ teams will be competing for the prestigious national championships that will run from 8 to 10 August.
Four girls’ teams will also be participating in exhibition matches, with more girls teams expected to compete in the 2020 edition.
Run by the Namibia Schools Sports Union, the tournament, COPA Coca-Cola, was launched in May as an annual schools tournament to nurture and identify soccer talent at grassroots level.
Namibia joins 68 other countries which have already initiated the tournament.
Moitshepi Sefako, Coca-Cola Franchise Manager for Namibia and Botswana, said: “We are expecting a thrilling tournament. Preparations have gone well and all is set for the national finals. As sponsors, we are glad that Namibia has joined more than 68 other countries who participate in this tournament. This will go a long way in giving Namibian teens opportunities and exposure, as well as the development of Namibian soccer.”
The tournament kickstarted in Zimbabwe in 1989 with the aim of supporting the development of budding grassroots talent and promote active and healthy lifestyles among young people.
In Africa, COPA Coca-Cola is played in 22 other countries that include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, Congo, Swaziland, Nigeria and South Africa, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Mauritius and Burundi.
Outside the continent, COPA Coca-Cola is also played in the Americas, Europe and Asia and is in a total 68 countries over 1.3 million players.