The third week of the global grassroots youth football tournament, COPA Coca-Cola, will see 6 branches play their matches across the country.
The bulk of the games will be played on Saturday where North Eastern, Nyanza West, Upper Eastern, and North West Rift will host their matches. In Upper Eastern, 2011 national finalists, Taqwa Academy will begin their 2014 campaign with a clash against Mecesu Youth in the two teams’ only assignment of the day.
Green Santos will play two matches starting with a fixture against Maili Tatu Young Stars before they meet Buyoti FC. The latter will also play Isiolo United who will have their second match against Maili Tatu. The ladies’ matches will pit Fun Starlets against Kariene Starlets as Luuma Young Starlets take on Kirindara Girls. The matches will be played at Isiolo Grounds.
In Nyanza West Branch, Asumbi will be aiming to dim Mbita Little Stars in the first match of the day before they take on Kuria Youth in Kehancha. Other matches will see Awendo FC clash with Kuria Youth as Aspire Youth battle against newcomers St. Julian Lugari Boys. St. Julian Lugari Girls versus Kuria Ladies and Moi Girls Sindo versus Orwa Ojode Girls will be the only girls’ matches.
Garissa High will be the venue for North Eastern branch matches. Young Muslims versus Jaribu Primary and Garissa Primary versus Wamu FC will be highlight boys’ matches. Berlin FC’s clash against Garissa Township will precede the only other clash in the girls’ matches where Iftin FC will take on White Eagles.
The North West Rift matches will be played at the Kenyatta Stadium, Kitale. Elimu FC versus Namanjala Boys, Saboti Youth Boys versus Kapenguria Boys and Kitale Youngstars versus Cherangany Boys will kick off the day’s schedule. The other two matches will pit Elimu against Kapenguria and Saboti against Nyamanjala.
Cherangany Starlets will battle Kitale Young Starlets as Kiminini Girls meet Kitale Youth Center in the girls’ matches.
The matches will be played on a round robin format with winners and runners-up of each branch proceeding to the provincial finals and getting closer to the grand prize of Kshs. 500,000 that will be rewarded to the national finals winners.
JMJ Academy are the defending champions of the boys’ title while Otto Benecker has the girls’ gong.
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