Battle for Copa Coca Cola glory begins

Itekeng (blue) vs Bokamoso (red) tussle in the Under-15 Group B match PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Itekeng (blue) vs Bokamoso (red) tussle in the Under-15 Group B match PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The journey to crown this year’s Copa Coca Cola champions has reached a critical junction, as 32 schools converged in Gaborone for bruising battles to the top.

Matches kicked-off yesterday across several venues in the capital, including Gaborone Senior, Ledumang Primary, Marang Junior, Motswedi and Taung Primary Schools.

The winners will be crowned iskenderun escort bayan on Saturday, with three of the four defending champions in action.

Radisele are the defending champions in the boys and girls’ Under-17 category, while Batanani look to defend their title in the Under-15 girls category.


The finals will be played at Lekidi on Sunday.

Nthwalang coach, Patrick Paraminase, who won the Under-15 title last season, hailed the Copa Coca Cola as a tournament that nurtures young talent. He had three players who took part in the Copa Coca Cola Nations Cup in Kenya last year.

This year, after the Nthwalang boys failed to defend their title, being eliminated in the qualification stage, Paraminase has been roped in to assist the girls’ Under-17 side at the finals.

“This is a very good tournament which gives our young players the opportunity to compete at an early stage. They compete at a higher level. I am happy that three of our players were chosen last year to represent the country at the Nations Cup in Kenya,” Paraminase said.

Nthwalang was used to launch this year competition, and sponsors, Coca Cola, announced an increase in the sponsorship deal, from last year’s P800,000 to P1.2million.

 

Fixtures

Friday July 19, 2019

Under-15 boys

Group A

Mmei vs Kopong Lekidi 1 10:00

Boikhutso vs Morama Lekidi 2 10:00

 

Group B

Itekeng vs Rakops BNYC 10:00

Bokamoso vs Radisele Ledumang Senior 10:00

 

Under-17 boys

Group A

Radisele vs John Nswazwi BNYC 08:00

Ntebogang vs Marang/Gabane Lekidi 2 08:00

Raisele vs Marang/Gabane Lekidi 1 15:00

John Nswazwi vs Ntebogang Lekidi 2 15:00

 

Group B

Tsabong vs Bokamoso Ledumang Senior 08:00

Mmaphula vs Gowa Lekidi 1 08:00

Tsabong vs Gowa BNYC 15:00

Bokamoso vs Mmaphula Ledumang Senior 15:00

 

Under-15 girls

Group A

Molopo vs Rakops Marang 10:00

Radisele vs Tlokweng Ledumang Primary 10:00

 

Group B

Kumakwane vs Mmaphula Taung Primary 10:00

Batanani vs Tlhomo Motswedi 10:00

 

Under-17 girls

Group A

Baitirile vs Radisele Marang 08:00

Gwest vs Rakops Ledumang 08:00

Baitirile vs Rakops Marang 15:00

Radisele vs Gwest Ledumang 15:00

 

Group B

Radikolo vs Batanani Taung Primary 08:00

Nthwalang vs Gobajango Motswedi 08:00

Radikolo vs Gobajango Taung Primary 15:00

Nthwalang vs Batanani Motswedi 15:00

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