Zambian teenagers join Copa Coca-Cola SA camp


Fourteen talented teenagers from Zambia are in South Africa’s capital city, Pretoria, to participate in a week of football at the COPA Coca-Cola Southern and Eastern Africa Business Unit (SEABU) camp where they will join  67 other youngsters from seven countries over a period of five days.

Coca-Cola marketing activations manager for Zambia and Malawi, Takunda Jinda,  said: “Together, Coca-Cola and football can influence society like nothing else. Football is a great life-coach that teaches our children skills on the pitch that are invaluable in every aspect of life,

“Camaraderie, integrity, perseverance amongst many others. We hope that, through initiatives like Copa Coca-Cola, they can do their bit to make their world a better place,”  he said

Jinda said the camp offered a unique opportunity for them to forge friendships and gain valuable team skills both on and off the pitch.

They would also be putting aside what made them different – age, nationality, language, culture and background – in order to celebrate their common interests – namely, their love of the game.

The camp would be run at the state-of-the-art High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria from October 10 – 15, 2016.

For the participants, the camp would form the pinnacle of this year’s COPA Coca-Cola tournament, which had seen more than 1.3 million teens compete in over 60 countries globally.

The international Copa Coca-Cola grassroots football tournament is organized on an annual basis by the leading global beverage giant Coca-Cola, and helps to identify and reward footballing teen talent whilst creating an opportunity for young people to pursue their passion for football.

Zambia’s squad comprised of teenagers from across the nation, aged between 13 and 16, who were identified as stand-out players following the 2016 Copa Coca-Cola school tournament.

The five-day trip to South Africa will be packed with training sessions, workshops, games, events, coaching and guidance from some of top Copa Coca-Cola coaches.