Fifty eight school teams have converged in Masaka town for the 2017 edition of COPA Coca-Cola grassroots football tournament national championships which commenced yesterday at Masaka Recreation grounds.
The kick-off match that was attended by local area leaders including the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Lt. Joe Walusimbi and District Police Commander (DPC) as well as officials from the National Council of Sports, FUFA, ASHU and Coca-Cola Uganda, the kick-off ceremony,saw hosts Masaka S.S defeat Mukono-based Yale High thanks to a high display of talent from Alison Kyeyago who scored Masaka’s only goal.
Speaking on behalf of Coca-Cola Uganda, Mr. Robert Muwagula, Regional Manager, thanked all the guests and dignitaries for showing up in large numbers to witness the launch of the 2017 nationals.
“For more than two decades, this tournament has nurtured hundreds of Ugandan youth and we at Coca-Cola Uganda pledge to continue with this grassroots football initiative,” he said.
The guest of honour, Masaka RDC Lt. Walusimbi thanked Coca-Cola for choosing Masaka to host the tourney, and assured all participants of top notch security throughout the tournament.
COPA Coca-Cola is an international youth football tournament and a global celebration of football passion. It unites more than 1 million teens in over 60 countries around the world, and aims to provide both the means and the opportunity for young teens to be optimistic about their future while encouraging values that are the foundation of life and sportsmanship.
This tournament is the world’s largest brand-supported grassroots football tournament, led by global beverage giant, Coca-Cola, and has, over the years, built values such as team spirit, friendship and respect among the youthful participants.