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Copa Coca-Cola squad heads to South Africa

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Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) has selected a 15-member Copa Coca-Cola squad to undergo special training at the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria, South Africa.

The team is expected to leave today at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe and they will camp in Pretoria for five days before returning home on Saturday.

Massa spotted promising players during this year’s Copa Coca-Cola School tournament that started in February.

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Coca-Cola senior brands manager for non-alcoholics, Titha Mbilizi, said they hope the trip would be fruitful.

“HPC is a sports complex that provides accommodation and state-of-the-art sporting facilities. This is a four-day camp which includes cultural exposure through interaction with other under-15s from the Southern African Region,” she said.

The local Copa Coca-Cola squad will meet opponents from Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Mbilizi added the initiative would help youngsters develop their sports prowess and interact with sports experts from HPC.

“They will also participate in a regional tournament which will see the Copa Coca-Cola champions of the region crowned. All the preparations for the trip to South Africa have been done,” said the senior brands manager at Carlsberg Malawi.

Copa Coca-Cola this year kicked off in February, with 1,450 school teams registered. The finals took place at Balaka Stadium on August 2, where Shire Highlands Education Division won the cup.

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