The 2013 COPA Coca-Cola U15 youth football tournament enters its fifth week this weekend with 10 branches scheduled to host their matches across the country.
The race for top spot in the standings hit top gear after last weekend’s games which were played in Nyanza North, Nairobi East, South Coast, South Rift, Mount Kenya and Northwestern branches among others.
Among the teams that excelled during the past weekend were Kisumu Lakers and Kisumu Queens who both collected maximum points in their respective boys’ and girls’ matches, as well as Makadara Youth who shot to the top of standings in Nairobi East branch by winning both their matches.
The U15 action continues tomorrow, Saturday, in North Rift, Nairobi West, Nyanza North and West, Upper Eastern, North Coast, Northwest Rift, and Northwestern among others. The games in Nairobi West will be staged at the Railways club JMJ Academy will be fighting to ward off competition for top spot from rivals including Terokayo, Young Talents, French School, More Fire and second-on-the-log Vapour Academy. Bukembe Stadium and Makutano Grounds will host the Northwest and Northwest Rift matches respectively.
North Rift matches will be staged at Kenya’s athletics capital, Iten, in Eldoret. Rangers FC who blew opposition to submission in the first leg matches will look to consolidate their firm grip at the apex of the standings but a tricky fixture against second-placed Kunji Santos awaits. The two teams are placed first and second on the log with Rangers’ ahead only by virtue of a superior goal difference.
Rangers’ other fixture will be against Uprising Stars while Kunji will face off against bottomside Patuso Youth. The other two boys’ teams who will be in action are Kapsowar Young Stars and Kapsabet Youth. The girls’ matches will see Kapsowar Girls take on St. Elizabeth and Kapkuto Stars lock horns against Kuinet.
This year’s tournament is being played in a league format with the teams competing in the branch league where the top two teams will advance to the inter-branch league and winners from this level will advance to the national finals. Prizes up for grabs at the finals, which will be held in Nairobi in August, include first place prizes for both the boys and girls teams of Ksh. 500,000 each, second place prizes Ksh. 200,000 each and third place prizes for both girls’ and boys’ teams of Ksh.100, 000 each.
North Rift Fixtures at Iten Stadium
Uprising Stars v Rangers FC
Kunji Santos v Kapsabet Youth
Kapsowar Young Stars v Patuso Youth
Uprising Stars v Kapsabet Youth
Kunji Santos v Rangers FC
Kuinet Girls v Kapkuto Stars
St Elizabeth v Kapsowar Girls
Nyanza North Branch – Siaya Town
Siaya Youth v Karapul Primary
Muhoroni Stars v Bondo Township
Kisumu Lakers v Kisumu United
Siaya Youth v Muhoroni Stars
Karapul Primary v Bondo Township
Siaya Township Girls v Girls Talent
Kisumu Queens v Rama FC
Nairobi West – BP Grounds, Kawangware
Terokayo FC v Vapour Academy
Young Talents v French School
JMJ Academy v More Fire
Terokayo v French School
Young Talents v Vapour Academy
Amazing Grace FC v Beijing Girls
Uweza FC v Girls Soccer
Central Rift – at Kihoto, Naivasha
Site Naivasha v Boca Juniors
Kabarnet Youth v LYSA FC
Site Naivasha v Eldama Ravine Shooters
The Gunners v Boca Juniors
Kabarnet Youth v Eldama Ravine Shooters
Coming Soon v Ravine Girls
LYSA Girls v Menengai Youth Ladies
North Coast – at Kilifi Township
Lamu Stars v Tana River FC
Malindi United Academy v Kilifi United Academy
Lamu Stars v Malindi South United
Malindi Kenya Soccer v Kilifi United Academy
Malindi United Academy v Tana River FC
Malindi Action Ladies v Muungano Girls FC
Tana River Girls v Majaoni Girls FC
North West Rift – at Makutano Stadium
Sikhedu Primary v Kitale Union Primary
Makutano Primary v Namanjala Primary
Kesogon Primary v Kitale Union Primary
Sikhedu Pry v Liberty Youth Center
Namanjala Pry v Kitale Union Pry
Tartar Youth Center v Kitale Union Girls
Wiyeta Girls v Namanjala Girls
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