After a 9-week marathon of action packed branch league matches that served fans and onlookers alike with upsets, goals galore, raw talent, breathtaking football and more besides, the COPA Coca-Cola U15 youth football tournament enters the provincial finals leg this weekend.
Coast region, the territory of last year’s winners, host their provincial finals in Mtwapa this Saturday where high competition is expected as teams from South and North Coast fight for the single national finals slot available in both boys’ and girls’ categories.
Mombasa Heroes and Mombasa Stars from South Coast have been pooled together against Malindi United and Kilifi United from South Coast. Heroes qualified for the provincial finals spectacle after winning all their group matches, scoring 14 goals and conceding only 4 as they topped the South Coast league while Mombasa Stars finished runners up.
Competition at the North Coast branch was much tougher but Malindi United and Kilifi United Academies had more ammunition in their arsenal as they rallied to finish first and second respectively, both teams winning thrice but Kilifi lost one while Malindi drew.
The teams will play round-robin matches on the day with each team playing 3 matches and amassing points. The team that collects the most number of points will grab the single slot for national finals slated for August in Nairobi.
In the girls’ matches, unbeaten sides Kwale Queens from South Coast and their North Coast counterparts Muungano Girls FC are odds on to fight for the girls’ national finals slot but Kaloleni Queens and Malindi Action Ladies will both be anything but pushovers.
The first matchup will see Malindi Action Ladies take on Muungano Girls before Kwale Queens clash with Kaloleni.
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