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Its Copa Coca -Cola crunch time

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Schools from the countrys 10 provinces have promised an electrifying battle at this years edition of the Copa Coca-Cola Championship, with captains vowing to put up a strong challenge for the coveted title, as the finals kick off in Victoria Falls this morning.

Defending champions in the boys section Manunure High School captain Tinashe Blessing Mwafulirwa yesterday told NewsDay Sport that his team will be retaining the titles.

We will win the competition. Our team is very strong and we have been working very hard to ensure that we keep the trophy, he said.

Vainona High, who won the competition in the girls category last year, also vowed to maintain a good showing.

We will retain the title. We have been taking our preparations for the competition very seriously, said captain Greater Bande.

Joyce Maibvise from Goko (Manicaland) was confident that their school will do well.
We are looking forward to doing well in the competition. We have prepared well for the competition even though it is out first time to take part at this level, she said.

A total of 24 schools, drawn from the countrys 10 provinces, will be fighting for top spot in the competition which carries a first prize of $6 500 in the boys section and $3 000 for the girls.

Onwell Gombami, sibling to former Highlanders and national team midfielder Honour, said Luveve was ready to win.

We are here to fight for the trophy and we came from Bulawayo to win the competition. We want to uplift our province. We have been working on our physique and ballwork.

We were not really fit when we won the provincials, but we have been working hard to gain match fitness, he said. I am also happy that the organisers took us to see the Victoria Falls and David Livingstones statue.

Matabeleland North head of football Lunguza Ndlovu said: The competition is good because it exposes children to a high level of competition. We, as Matabeleland North, are hoping to at least reach the semi-finals, he said.

The 24th edition of competition in the boys section was merged with the girls competition which was inaugurated in Bulawayo last year.

The boys will compete in the Under-16 category while the girls are in the Under-17, although last year the Under-20 age group had a shot at the competition.

Participants were given a chance to view the Victoria Falls and David Livingstones statue. A number of venues have been selected for the competition which ends tomorrow.

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