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Copa Coke divisional finals concluded

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Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) has concluded this year’s Copa Coca-Cola divisional finals ahead of the national finals scheduled from August 18 to 19 in Lilongwe.

The games are played across the country’s six education division zones, with the winners qualifying for the national finals.

Games for the South West Education Division (Swed) took place at Lunzu Secondary School in Blantyre where Blantyre Urban’s Saint Andrews emerged champions after a 1-0 win over Good Choice Private Secondary School of Chikwawa.

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Muwerere Mhango provided the priceless goal that saw Andrews underline their superiority in the tightly contested match which was punctuated by several flashes of individual brilliance from both sides.

The goal came midway through the second half as the two gladiators fought neck-and-neck for the elusive goals.

But in the end, Andrews’ players ran all over the dusty pitch to celebrate their victory after the final whistle.

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Thawale Private Secondary School came third, followed by Lunzu Secondary School on fourth position.

Swed Chairperson, Evance Sulani, commended both sides for putting up a grand final that kept spectators on their toes from start to finish.

“This is what we expected from a division that has been dominating Copa Coca-Cola for many years. We have concluded the games on a high with the rare skills exhibited by all competing teams. The boys have demonstrated that they have the potential to go far in the game,” Sulani said.

Massa General Secretary, Blackson Malamula, was also impressed with standards of the game in the division and congratulated coaches on identifying the best players for their teams.

In the Central West Educational Division, Sendwe became champions after a 1-0 win over Vakusi, with Mlomba and Kochilira sharing positions three and four, respectively.

The other divisions were finalising their games yesterday.

Divisional champions received K200,000 with runners-up pocketing K150,000.

Third-placed sides got K120,000 while teams from positions four to eight also received different consolation prizes ranging from K100,000 to K40,000.

After the national finals, Massa will identify under-15 national schools teams for future competitions.

The football competitions were played side-by-side with netball, which Massa self-sponsored to the tune of K5 million.

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