Joyce Banda Foundation football team on Sunday gave their founder President Joyce Banda a timely 100 days anniversary present, when they won the 2012 edition of the Copa Coca Cola trophy after edging Liwonde CDSS 2-1 during the final match played at Zomba Community Centre ground.
This means Joyce Banda are now champions for both national school soccer tournaments- Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) and Copa Coca Cola.
Against Liwonde in the final, the ARS champions made their intentions of claiming a double clear from the early moments, when they took the game to their opponents. They were rewarded barely 12 minutes into the game, when free scoring striker Wongani Kuchisanja connected home a defence splitting pass from Maritn Mapinga.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Fortson Hauya made it 1-all from a highly controversial penalty awarded by Fifa referee Denis Ngulube after his first assistant Dishon Phiri had flagged up for a foul on a Liwonde player, who fell on his own in the box.
Unmoved by the referee’s decision, the boys from Joyce Banda pressed for a second goal, which they got on the half hour mark in spectacular fashion. Kuchisanja went past a Liwonde player on the left frank and let go a dangerous ball, which Isaac Mwale connected home with a diving header.
No more goals came until the final whistle and the school’s director Roy Kachali, son to President Joyce Banda was over the moon.
“We expected nothing less than this but we did not know it would be so tough. The competition was very tough and we comment Coca Cola for the worthwhile investment they have been putting in school soccer,” said Kachali.
For winning the cup, Joyce Banda received a trophy, medals and K200,000 with Liwonde walking away K150,000 richer. Third-placed Parachute Battalion, who edged Tauka Private 6-5 on post-match
penalties in the third-place play-off received K100,000.
Tauka received K80,000 for finishing fourth while Modern Private and Kamuzu Barracks got K50,000 and K40,000 respectively for the fifth and sixth places.
Festus Chikwezya of Tauka was named the tournament’s best player while Kuchisanje got the golden boot award with nine goals to his credit.
They both pocketed K10,000 each. The K20,000 fair-play award went to Modern Private School.
Speaking before the games, PS for Youth and Sports in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Justin Saidi, Fam president Walter Nyamilandu and a director from Ministry of Education, Science and Technology took turns thanking Coca Cola for the sponsorship, which dates back to 1968.
Carlsberg Malawi’s group marketing manager Gwynyth Mchiera hailed Massa for managing the tournament well and pledged that the company would continue sponsoring the competition.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :