Manunure High School in Kwekwe, which is home to last year’s Copa Coca Cola schools soccer champions, will host the launch of this year’s tournament on Friday.
The Copa Coca-Cola is a tournament is for Under-16 boys and Under-17 girls.
The Midlands based school defeated Mwenezi from Masvingo 3-1 during the Under-16 boys’ national finals at Marondera High School last year.
Dewure High, who were the defending champions after beating Dangamvura 2-1 in the finals in Mucheke Stadium in 2010, finished third.
The launch will see the sponsors unveil the prize structure as well as the draw for the national finals which have been slated for July 27-29 at Mosi-a-Tunya High School in Victoria Falls.
This year’s tournament will run concurrently with the girls’ COPA Coca-Cola Under-17 national finals unlike last year when the inaugural girls’ tournament was held separately at Gifford High School in Bulawayo.
The players selected in this year’s all-star team will go for a training camp in South Africa in August on a date yet to be advised. The road to the national finals got underway last Friday with the district competitions which will culminate in the provincial finals across all 10 provinces on July 13 and then the national finals.
Last year’s winners in the Under-16 boys section pocketed $6 000 while Vainona; the winners of the girls section took home $1 500.
Representatives from the sponsors, Coca Cola and the National Association of Secondary School Heads leadership from all the country’s ten provinces are expected to attend the launch.
According to the organisers reigning footballer of the year, Washington Arubi and other prominent players from Gweru based Premier Soccer League side, Hardbody will grace the launch.