The COPA Coca-Cola Under-15 provincial finals resumes this weekend in Central, Eastern and Rift Valley A regions.
A total of 28 teams from 8 branches are all geared up for a bruising battle in the knockout stages which will culminate in one boys’ and girls’ team from each region qualifying for the Nairobi national finals.
In Central region, Heartbeat Boys and Nanyuki United who qualified from Mt. Kenya branch will take on unbeaten side VYSA Youth and Ruiru Neptunes who finished first and second respectively in Aberdares boys’ branch. The matches will be played at Makuyu High School and Makuyu College.
Heartbeat, who won all their matches bar one, will clash with Nanyuki United who lost only one game and scored a massive 15 goals before VYSA Youth try to keep their unbeaten record intact when they come at odds against Ruiru. The winning team of either of the semis will meet in a final match where national finalists will be crowned.
Meanwhile in the girls’ fixtures, Mt. Kenya’s Young Vision and Young Heroines have a tough assignment waiting for them in the shape of Angaza All Stars and Maragwa Queens from Aberdares. The mountain region duo had a less than convincing outing in the group stages but just about squeezed through. Vision and Heroines will renew their group stage rivalry in the first clash with the victor facing either Angaza or Maragwa in the finals.
The Rift Valley A provincials will go down at Kericho Stadium where Ujuzi Youth will take on Bolosiche as The Gunners aim to gun down Boca Juniors. In the girls’ matches, Nyasita Girls will clash against Chebo Girls as Menengai Yout Ladies tackle Ravine Girls.
Embu Stadium will be the venue for Eastern region match ups where Karigini Boys will face off against Thimbili Youth, Taqwa Academy clash against Machakos All Stars and Matinyani Juniors face Black Cats.
Embu Queens versus Luuma Primary, Fun Starlets versus Makuenin Redshooters and Mukuyuni Redshooters versus Tharaka Youth Starlets will be the girls’ matches.
The winners of the provincial finals will join Coast teams Malindi United Academy and Kaloleni Queens who already booked their slot in the national finals. The rest of the provincial games will be played in subsequent weekends.
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