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High hopes for Luveve

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Bulawayo Metropolitan Province will be banking on Luveve High School to bring back glory when the school represents the province in the finals of the Copa Coca- Cola Cup in Victoria Falls.

Kick-off will be on Saturday.

Mzilikazi was the last Bulawayo school to win the competition in 2001.

Legendary Warriors striker Peter Ndlovu is a product of Mzilikazi.

Lord Malvern, Cranborne, Mount Pleasant and Churchill have also won the competition since 2001.

Luveve sports director Thabani Mpofu said he was confident the school would pose a strong challenge against other schools.

“Anyone who enters a competition wants to win and the same applies to us. That is our philosophy. We have enough depth in the team and we believe we can match any other school,” he said.

“The Copa Coca-Cola Cup is a very good competition as it exposes children to competitive football. It is good because players who excel can also get a chance to travel to other countries. I understand that top players are going to Pretoria, South Africa, so we are hoping that our players will also make it.”

Luveve boast of Onwell Gombami, younger brother of former Highlanders star and national team midfielder Honour.

Onwell was on target alongside Owen Nyathi in the provincial finals that saw Luveve get the ticket to travel to Victoria Falls, while Gifford got their solitary goal through Tonderai Madzikura.

Manunure from Midlands, are the defending champions in the boys’ section while Vainona High School won the inaugural competition in the girls’ section last year.

Bulawayo representatives in the girls’ section, Masotsha will be seeking to score a first by being the first team from the city school to win the girls’ competition.

A total of 24 schools are fighting it out in the Under-16 boys’ and Under -17 girls’ sections.
The participants are expected to tour Victoria Falls and view the David Livingstone Statue tomorrow.

Top players from the boys’ section will be drafted to the Copa Coca- Cola Dream Team.

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