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Friday, May 30, 2014

Battle for COPA Coca-Cola Provincial Finals Slots Enters Last Leg in 8 Branches


The tussle for COPA Coca-Cola provincial final slots enters its decisive leg in 8 branches across the country this weekend. With 20 boys and girls teams already assured of participation in the provincials slated for the second week of June, 32 more teams will advance from this weekend’s matches.

The battle will begin at the capital where Makadara Juniors and Kariobangi Combined have all to fight for when they clash on Saturday at Railways grounds in Nairobi with the winner of that match almost guaranteed progress.

Makadara lead the Nairobi East standings on 9 points, two ahead of Kariobangi with the two sides favorite to advance. Makadara will face lowly Ajentos Boys in their second match as Kariobangi tackle Indomitable Boys who could spoil the party for them. A win for Indomitable in that fixture plus victory against rock bottom Ajentos will see Kariobangi crash out.

Kamukunji Combined have been eliminated but they will face Young Rovers who are also mathematically out of contention. Tia Hope Girls booked their ticket to the next stage in the previous match day but will still be in action against St. Anne Girls. A winner-takes-all clash between Golden Angels and Kayole Starlets will see the winner of that match advance but a draw will also work in favor of Angels.

North Coast’s Malindi United, Tana Boys, Moving Goal Post and Malindi Action Girls already qualified for Coast Provincials showdown and are now waiting to see who will join them from South Coast. Kisauni Youth and Changamwe Youth are locked in a colossal gruel at the top with both teams standing on 9 points, three ahead of third placed Mvita Youth who have a game in hand. Changamwe will face Taveta Heroes as Kisauni take on Wayzata Boys in matches that both teams must win to be safe. Mvita’s two games will be against Taveta and bottomside Bright Stars.

Bright Starlets look to have secured the ladies’ title but will still be in action against Taita Queens. The second position is still open and will be contested by Taita Queens who will play against Kwale Queens and Mombasa County Starlets. The matches will be played at Bomu Grounds.

Young Muslims have advanced from North Eastern Branch but will face Wamu FC for top of the table honours as Garissa Primary facing Jaribu Primary. Leaders in the ladies category, Berlin FC will take on White Eagles as Ifitin FC face Garissa Township in the still open table.

Other matches will be played in Upper Eastern where Taqwa Academy will contest for the Eastern provincial slots against Isiolo United and Mali Tatu Youngstars at Ex-Lewa grounds. South and North Rift branch matches will be held in Kericho and Iten respectively with Nyanza West and North playing in Mbita and Kisumu.

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