After four months of top notch competition that saw real heroes emerge from the shadows of their peers, the COPA Coca-Cola U15 tournament, Africa's premier youth football tourney, enters its ultimate leg in South Africa this week.
The Kenyan team selected after the Kenyan edition of the global tournament left for South Africa over the weekend where a total of 148 players and 10 coaches from 15 countries are expected. During the one-week boot camp, the players will receive top class training led by professional coaches from world renowned South African premier football management business, Forwardzone. This will be the highest number of players to attend the camp after 130 from 14 countries participated in last year's spectacle. The coaches will not only assist the players in improving their skills with the ball but will also help them feel the ultimate experience of a pro footballer.
This year's boot camp will see more countries participate including hosts South Africa, new entrants Kazakhstan from Central Asia, North Africa duo Egypt and Algeria as well as teams that graced last year's edition; Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Congo, and Burundi. Others include Rwanda, Lesotho and Swaziland. "It's systems go for this year's competition. We have put everything in place to ensure we emulate our successes last year while also adding more activities to ensure the players have an experience they will treasure in years to come," said Christine Maina, marketing assets and experiential manager for Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa.