Over 50 regional teams participate in Nationals kick-off parade
Uganda, Masaka – Approximately 58 teams converged in Masaka town for the 2017 edition of COPA Coca-Cola grassroots football tournament national championships which commenced yesterday at Masaka Recreation grounds in Masaka town.
Attended by local area leaders including the RDC and DPC of Masaka town as well as officials from the National Council of Sports, FUFA, ASHU and Coca-Cola Uganda, the kick-off ceremony, which begun by a parade of all the 58 schools represented by their chosen teams, saw hosts Masaka S.S compete against and defeat Mukono-based Yale High thanks to a high display of talent from Kyeyago Alison 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 commented.
The Guest of Honor and RDC of Masaka Lt. Walusimbi thanked Coca-Cola for allowing to have this tournament in Masaka. He went on to assure all the participants and guests that there will be top notch security for the duration of 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 in the hearts of the youth participants.
ABOUT COPA COCA-COLA
Copa Coca-Cola is held in more than 60 countries with over one million participants annually. Coca-Cola has been a proud sponsor of grassroots football for 25 years. What started in Zimbabwe in 1988 was formalized under Copa Coca-Cola in 1998, when it was first launched in Mexico. The aim of Copa Coca-Cola is to create the world’s largest and most inclusive football grassroots program.
The Copa Coca-Cola national tournaments and international training Camps have provided an opportunity for many exceptionally talented players to be scouted and recruited to join the national under 20 teams in their respective countries with a number joining premier league clubs both in their countries and internationally.
ABOUT THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
The Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio features 14 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitamin water, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia. Globally, Coca-Cola Company is the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com