Carlsberg Malawi has fulfilled its commitment to send last years winners of the Copa Coca-Cola schools championship Central East Education Division for a training camp in South Africa.
The 15-member team left the country on Saturday for a two-week training camp in Pretoria.
Carlsberg Malawi brands manager for non alcoholics beverages Brenda Chilima said on Friday the company has been impressed with the fruits from last yearâ€™s trip hence the decision to send another group.
â€œWe have seen a number of players joining Super League teams so we believe the foreign camps are playing a big role in developing young talent.
â€œThe team will in the first week undergo a coaching clinic while in the second week they will compete with teams from other countries in a mini Pan African Coca-Cola challenge
â€œA total 23 African countries will send players, but it is only Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya and South Africa that will feature full teams while other countries will just send three players each and they will merge to form teams,â€ said Chilima.
Coach of the team Benjamin Kumwenda said his players are excited of training at top-class facilities in South Africa.
The 14 players are Victor Harawa, Bernard Mdechi, Francis Mwale, Jonthani Banda, Daud Mpeta, Robert Kayange, Dayiles Yasin, Tawonga Chingati, Tambala Isaiah, Richard Jailosi, Jack Chiona, James Gondoloni, Denis Saidi and Jonathan Kadzombe. Jibu Nyirenda is the chaperone from Carlsberg.
Meanwhile, Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Sports Desk scooped the first ever Copa Coca-Cola print media award for top class coverage of the 2012 edition.
According to Chilima NPL presence in all the six educational divisions gave the tournament a wide and on spot coverage.
â€œEver since Coca-Cola started sponsoring this event we have never received such colourful coverage as was this year. And we donâ€™t take that for granted. We urge the media to continue giving us support as this is a very crucial development of the competition in the country,â€ she said.
MIJ FM Radio won the electronic media award.