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South West Education Division long wait for the Copa Coca-Cola honours ended on Sunday after they beat Central West Education Division 8-7 on post match penalties to emerge champions at Balaka Stadium.

In regulation time the game ended goalless forcing the championship to be decided through spot kicks.

For emerging champions, Swed received K1 million, trophy and gold medals. The champions were also on cloud nine after Innocent Mbwenye was named goalkeeper of the tournament.

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Runners-up, Cwed, received K750,000 while their playmaker Zazime Jere was named player of the tournament and he pocketed K50,000.

Third – placed, Shire Highlands Education Division (Shed) received K500,000 while fourth-placed South East Education Division (Ceed) got K350,000.

Central East Education Division (Ceed) got K200,000 for finishing fifth while deposed champions North Education Division (Ned) received K150,000 for ending on finishing last during the six-team competition.

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Ned got another consolation when they were named the fair play team. They received an extra K40,000 for observing fair play.

McBell Masangano won the golden boot with six goals and he was given K30,000.

Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia hailed Carlsberg Malawi through Copa Coca- Cola for being the hub of Malawi’s football.

“I am told that this competition has stood the test of time. It has been producing key players from the days of Kinnah, Phiri and Jack Chamangwana to present,” she said.

Chiumia asked youngsters to be exemplary to make it big in football career.

Carlsberg Malawi group marketing manager, Gwynyth Mchiela, said they were impressed with how the tournament was run and teams performed.

“We are impressed with how Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa) run the competition since we launched it in Nkhata in January. Copa Coca-Cola has been there and we are confident that next year we will return,” she said.

This year’s competition attracted 1450 teams beating last year’s record of 1085.

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