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Teens From Around The World Unite For Copa Coca-Cola International Camp

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Copa Coca-Cola, the world’s largest brand-supported grassroots football initiative, will this week host over 100 teens from 27 countries for a six-day International Camp to forge friendships and gain valuable skills both on and off the pitch. Taking place from 26th July – 31st July, the Camp will be held in Berlin, Germany as the pinnacle of a season, which has seen more than 1.3 million teens compete in over 60 countries.

Now in its 27th year, Copa Coca-Cola unites football-loving teens in every continent around the world, promoting an active lifestyle and encouraging values that are the foundation of life and sportsmanship. 104 skilled teenagers aged 13-16 from 27 countries(Algeria, Argentina, Burkina Faso, Chile, Congo, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Panama, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Venezuela, Zambia, and Zimbabwe) have been invited to attend this year’s Copa Coca-Cola International Camp, having competed through a series of regional rounds to participate in a national championship, before being selected for the global finale. The six-day trip to Berlin will be packed with training sessions, workshops, games, events and coaching and guidance from members of Germany’s 2014 FIFA World Cup™ winning football team.

The International Camp gives young players the opportunity to pursue their football dreams, make new friends from different countries and together recognize the importance of playing different roles within a team. Highlights of the Copa Coca-Cola event will include an Opening Ceremony, training sessions with Hansi Flick – assistant coach of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™winning German national team – and daily challenges in the grounds of the prestigious Lindow Sports Academy. Footballing teens will have the opportunity to learn tips and tricks from other inspiring coaches and players including 2014 FIFA World Cup™ winner Benedikt Höwedes and 1990 FIFA World Cup™ winner Pierre Littbarski.

Ahead of the tournament, a Coca-Cola commissioned study was undertaken by Nielson Research** to understand the role that football plays in young people’s lives. The opinions of over 11,000 male and female teenagers across 16 countries were polled revealing that football supports the learning of important life skills such as teamwork, confidence and sociability. Eight out of ten (79%) young people said playing football helps them to develop essential skills in teamwork that can be applied in other areas such as school or work and over 42% say that playing football has helped boost their confidence. Furthermore, six out of ten (60%) young players consider the discipline learnt on the pitch helps them achieve more in their lives.

Taking into account the research findings, this year’s Copa Coca-ColaInternational Camp will be themed around ‘Which Part Will You Play?’recognizing that every footballer plays an important part in their team and this goes beyond football skills; it’s about character and the positive traits players bring, both on and off the field.

Copa Coca-Cola is committed in its goal to create inclusive physical activity programs throughout the world which will inspire more young players to be active and healthy through their shared passion for football. As part of this commitment, Copa Coca-Cola will find one local football pitch, in one of the countries attending the Camp, and renovate it for future teens to enjoy. Teens attending the tournament will submit pictures and videos of a local pitch they would like to see renovated, with the winning entry announced at a special Legacy Pitch ceremony that will be held at the Berlin Olympic Stadium during the Camp.

The final day of camp will culminate with tournament finals, a farewell dinner and the announcement of the 2016 Copa Coca-Cola ambassadors, who will continue the Copa Coca-Cola legacy in future years.

Mr. Ahmed Rady, The Marketing Director – Coca-Cola Central, East & West Africa said: “We are delighted to welcome over 100 teens from around the world to Berlin to celebrate their love for football. With an action-packed schedule, the teens attending will have the opportunity to gain skills, enjoy new experiences with new friends from across the world and even meet FIFA World Cup™ champions in an inspiring atmosphere. We hope the Copa Coca‑Cola International Camp will provide memories for a lifetime and inspire teens to further pursue their football passion for years to come.”

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Kickboxer Patricia Apolot set for rematch with Kenya’s Joyce Awino

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Uganda’s top-ranked female kickboxer Patricia Apolot has vowed to crush Kenyan fighter Joyce Awino in their rematch slated for this weekend at Smiles Corner Hotel in Kireka, Kampala.

Known to many by her stage name “Black Pearl”, Apolot will return to the ring against Awino in the African title fight dubbed “The Reveletion Night of 1000 Punches” on Saturday, August 31. The fight is in low kick style sanctioned by both Uganda Kickboxing Federation (UKF) and World Kickboxing Federation (WKF).

The two fought in April this year in Tororo and Apolot won by knockout.

“I have trained hard and very ready, so my fans should come expecting the best from me,” Apolot said, adding that “I wish to thank my sponsors, Hima Cement, for their consistent financial and moral support towards my kickboxing career.”

Hima Cement Marketing and Pricing Manager, Charles Mugasi said that the sponsorship is intended to enable her perform to her best and inspire other young girls in Uganda to join the kickboxing sport.

Apolot who has been involved in 21 professional fights winning 12 by knockout has changed the kickboxing landscape in Uganda with her unique techniques and unmatched determination to grow the at different levels more especially young girls.

She has won several tittles from home, continental, and intercontinental fights which makes her the holder of the largest number of belts and gold medals in the sport in Uganda and Africa at large.

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Bamasaaba Sports Tournament gets Ugx 50 Million boost

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Pilsner Lager, a beer produced by Uganda Breweries, has announced a UGX50 million sponsorship package towards the upcoming Bamasaaba Sports Tournament 2019. The tournament will start on August 15 th and run up to October.

Organised by the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club (BASC), the games bring together various teams from Masaaba communities in both Uganda and Kenya with the aim of honouring culture, promoting unity and the development of the Bamasaaba people through sports and games.

This year’s sponsorship package was announced at a press briefing held at Uganda Breweries’ head offices in Luzira.

While announcing the sponsorship, Edgar Kihumuro, the Pilsner Lager Brand Manager, said, “We live in an era when it is crucial for us to hold our cultural and traditional values close to heart. Pilsner Lager, as a brand, understands and cares about the pride associated with a deep African heritage and this commitment has seen us invest in the development of local sports potential, for example, with the ongoing Pilsner Super 8 Tournament. By sponsoring the Bamasaaba Sports tournament, not only are we advancing a passion for sports but also for the traditions that bring people together.”

The tournament has, in the past, attracted various teams drawn from over 20 clans from the districts covering Mbale, Bududa, Sironko, Manafwa and Bulambuli in Uganda and the Bamasaaba Kenya Chapter which covers Trans Nzoia and Bungoma.

“The Bamasaaba Sports Tournament continues to be a wonderful opportunity for our people to come together in celebration of our culture and tradition. In addition, our youth are encouraged to stay in touch with their rich heritage through sports, which inspire, entertain and give them an opportunity to showcase their talent,” said Israel Koboi, Chairperson of the Bamasaaba Sisimukha Club.

The sports tournament places an emphasis on football and netball that will be played in a series of group knockout stages.

“This year, we plan to include new activities like bicycle riding, a marathon, bull riding and shortput and we are glad for the support of partners like Pilsner Lager for being part of this journey,” Koboi added.

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Kawempe S.S dominates Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional Tournament

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Last weekend, Airtel Uganda hosted the best youth football teams from Kampala district at Sendi grounds in Wankulukuku for the Airtel Rising Stars Kampala Regional tournament – the first regional tournament of the 2019 competitions.

The 3-day tournament, which had 16 boys’ and 8 girls’ teams, saw Kawempe Muslim SS dominate on both fronts with their boys team defeating 2018 winner Kampala Junior Team (KJT) 5-4 in penalty shoot-outs following a goal-less draw after 90 minutes.

The Kawempe Muslim SS girls’ team also defeated Uganda Martyrs 2 -1 in an exciting and nerve-wracking match watched by Honorable Nabilah Nagayi, the Kampala Woman MP, FUFA leadership led by 2nd Vice President Darius Mugoya and Airtel Uganda Brand and Strategy Manager Ms. Noela Byuma.

Following their victory, both Kawempe Muslim boys and girls teams walked away with a trophy, gold medals each and 1.5 million shillings each. Runners up KJT (boys) and Uganda Martyrs (girls) also took hom a trophy, silver medals for the players and 1 million shillings. Uganda Martyrs’ Kevin
Nakachwa was named girls MVP while Jeremiah Jabel from St. Mary’s took home the boys MVP accolade.

Commenting about this tournament, Airtel’s Noela Byuma congratulated the winners and encouraged all the other teams to continue training for their comeback in the 2020 tournament.

“The talent that we have seen over the past three days has been a clear indicator for the need to continue investing in grassroots talent development. These youth are skilled, passionate and determined and these are the values that Airtel Rising Stars aims to develop as they go on to pursue professional careers in football,” she noted.

Since 2011, the Airtel Rising Stars grassroots football tournament has given talented boys and girls between the ages of 13 and 17 an opportunity to compete against fellow youth from across the country with hopes of being scouted to join the local league, football clubs all over the world and the Uganda national team. Today, the Uganda national men and women football teams both consist of a number of players who took part in this tournament.

Kampala Region has named thirty boys (30) and 30 girls who will prepare for the Airtel Rising Stars National finals due in early September.

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