Girls’ Copa Coca-Cola starts Friday

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Twelve schools from around the country will fight for top spot when they clash in the inaugural Under-20 Girls’ Copa Coca-Cola Cup 2011 finals at Gifford High School on Friday.

The winners of the tournament will pocket $1 500 and a trophy.

Coca-Cola marketing manager Mona Karingi on Tuesday told NewsDay Sport all was set for the girls’ football competition.

“Our preparations for the tournament are going on very well. We are ready to kick off the competition. Football has been male-dominated, but globally the girls are being incorporated into the sport. We have decided to sponsor the tournament because of the potential that we have seen in the girls and we saw that potential in the just- ended All-Africa Games in Mozambique,” she said.

Bulawayo Province will be represented by Montrose and Sikhulile High Schools.

Mashonaland Central’s Hermann Gmeiner were last year’s champions in the girls’ Under-17 competition.

Other schools set to take part are Mufakose 1 (Harare), Ngomeni (Midlands), Chidembo (Mashonaland Central), Rufaro (Masvingo), Rutanhira (Mashonaland East) and Hwange from Matabeleland North.

They will be joined by Selonga (Matabeleland South), Rukweza (Manicaland) and Inkomo from Mashonaland West.

The runners-up in the competition will be awarded $1 200 and a trophy while the third-placed team will get $1 000 and a trophy.

The fourth-placed team will pocket get $500 with the remaining eight teams expected to get $300 for participating.

Individual prize monies on offer will be $100 each for the top goalscorer and the best goalkeeper.

The player of the tournament and the best coach will pocket $150 each while the team that wins the fair play award will win $300.