5 August 2015

Malawi: South West Education Division Wins 2015 Copa Coca-Cola

South West Education Division are 2015 Malawi's Copa Coca Cola champions after beating Central West Education Division 7-6 on post-match penalties at Balaka Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The regulation time ended goalless but SWED made no mistake in the shootout as they edged out their fellows from the Central Region who missed their decisive spot kick.

The function which was attended by Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia, is organized by Malawi Sports Schools Association (MASSA) with funding from Carlsberg Malawi Limited worth MK 36 million per year.

Before the finale, Chiumia said Government is determined to promote sports especially at grass root level.

"As Government, our goal is to promote sports especially at the grass root level and this is what Coca Cola Company is doing in Malawi and therefore our plans are being achieved. This is a very important competition.

"This competition has covered more than 29 thousand youths so we are very thankful to Coca Cola Company for investing into the youth football and as Government, we will continue working together to reach out to many youths."

"As Government, we will try to coordinate with teachers from rural areas so that they should also benefit so that more youths benefit from Copa Coca Cola," she said.

And on their part, Carlsberg Company's Group Marketing Manager Gwinith Mchiela said as sponsors, they are impressed with how the competition has been run by MASSA. "

"As Carlsberg, we are impressed with the way it has been run from the beginning that we launched the competition in January and up to this final day. In terms of expectations, we are very thankful for the supports being rendered to us from Malawians and we hope to continue rolling out talent as one way of developing sports from the grass root level," she said.

And on the field of play, the two teams held out their nerves as they entertained spectators in both halves but they lacked the cutting edge in the goal mouth. Both teams were unable to find the back of the net in the regulation time to take the match into the shootout.

SWED goalkeeper Innocent Mbwenye was the hero of the day as he saved a decisive penalty, allowing his team mate to score the winning penalty to end the match 7-6 in their favor.

Before the finale, Fisd Wizards and Azam Tigers curtain raised the event in an epic encounter that ended 1-1.

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