25 years ago,
Back then, none of these football enthusiasts ever imagined that the tournament would go on to last quarter a century and have the impact that it has on sports in Uganda today.
A humble beginning
“It has been a very successful journey through which many talented players, coaches and even referees have made their name and earned their positions in Uganda football history. Currently, our national team boosts of over 50% former COPA players and many others are playing for the various clubs in and outside Uganda. Today, more schools are interested than ever before – they all want to be part of this tournament that has made its mark in Uganda as a life changing opportunity for the players and the schools,” he notes.
Over the past two decades, this tournament has proved to young players that there is indeed a future for them and their families thanks to their football talent.
Footballers such as Farouk Miya, known for scoring the decisive goal which earned Uganda a spot in the African Cup of Nations 2017 after almost four decades, credit COPA for cultivating a “hunger that drives me each time I step out on the field.” After winning COPA
During the 25 years of existence, this highly successful tournament has moved from the fields in schools and towns, to TVs in living rooms and community halls across the country. Part of the credit goes to the media who have played a pivotal role in keeping the records of this tournament and relaying them to the public year on year.
Coca-Cola Uganda Marketing Manager – Mrs. Maggie Kigozi
Economic because the talented players get a chance to play for both local and international teams and earn enough money to support themselves, their families and communities.
Through the COPA
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25 years into youth football in Uganda,
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