Teams which will take part in the Copa Coca-Cola schools tournament finals scheduled for this weekend in Mzuzu have intensified preparations by starting residential camps.
The South Education Division (SED) team is currently camping at Soche Hills Secondary School according to SED chairperson Brenda Masauko.
“We have been funded by SED and currently we have 25 players in camp from six districts. It comes as a relief because as of last week, we were not sure as to whether we would go into camp. We want to go to Mzuzu and represent the division well,” said Masauko yesterday.
Central West Education Division (Cwed) team has camped at Crown Lodge in Lilongwe. They also have called 25 players from six districts.
The team has already played two friendly games against Super League sides Civo United and Epac.
“We lost to Civo 2-1 at the weekend, but last week, we managed to hold Epac FC. We are doing well and byWednesday, we hope to choose the final squad of 18 players that will travel to Mzuzu,” said Cwed chairperson innocent Kaundula.
However, hosts North Education Division (NED), are yet to have a full squad as their preparations have been chaotic.
“Players are just trickling in. It’s a big concern as we’ll have a short time to prepare,” said a visibly worried NED chairperson Oswald Lungu in a telephone interview from Mzuzu.
Six divisions will take part, Cwed, SED, NED, Shire highlands Educational Division (Shed), South East Education Division (Seed) and Central East Education Division (Ceed).
Winners of the Copa Coca Cola finals will pocket K400 000 (about $1 000).