PE hope to end Copa jinx

HARARE - Prince Edward School are hoping to go all the way and lift the Under-16 boys Copa Coca Cola championships after starring at the Harare provincial finals on Friday.

PE striker Nigel Katawa was the man apart as the Harare school stormed into the national finals of the boys Under-16 COPA Coca Cola tournament on a day of surprises.

Katawa plundered four goals as PE went through the Harare provincial finals unbeaten before dispatching Glen View 2, 1-0 in the final to earn passage to the finals set for Bulawayo on July 18 and 19.

The day also belonged to a spirited Seke High School who shocked two-time champions Vainona, coming from behind to win 3-2 in an entertaining Under-17 girls Harare provincial final.

For PE they overcame rivals Churchill 4-3 on penalties in the semi-finals having played out a one all draw in regulation time.

Glen View 2 had edged Lord Malvern 4-2 on penalties after playing to a one all draw.

PE had progressed to the knock out stages as the tournaments best placed runner up.

They had started strongly by thrashing Dzivarasekwa 2, 3-0 before a last minute strike earned them a fighting draw against rivals Churchill.

Glen View 2 amassed one win and a draw to top Group A which included Zengeza and Cranborne.

PE coach Norman Taruvinga had nothing but praise for his side.

“I think the team of (Tino) Kadwere and Tatenda Mukuruva were the last to qualify for the national finals some two years ago. Before that it had been a long time since we qualified. So this means we are moving forward,” he said.

“It’s now our intention to go all the way to win the COPA title. As a school we have never won any national football competition.

“The best we came to winning COPA was back in the 90s when we finished runner ups to Mashoko High School.  So we are hoping to break that jinx and go all the way this time round.

“We were on tour in Bloemfontein and we won everything there. We are also thriving in the Harare junior league. So I believe this is vindication of all the hard work.”

In the girl’s category, Seke walloped Mufakose High 2, 4-0 in the semi-finals to set up a date with the dreaded Vainona High school who had got to the finals after beating Highfield in a penalty shoot-out.

Copa Coca-Cola is the premier grassroots tournament that unlocks the ambitious dreams and possibilities of Africa’s football stars.

The tournament aims to inspire young footballers to achieve their dreams through a renowned and respected Pan African soccer tournament.

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