Seed are 2017 Copa Coca-Cola champs

South East Education Division (Seed) are the 2017 Copa Coca-Cola champions following their 2-0 triumph over Central West Education Division (Cwed) during the final match of the competition played at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe on Saturday , August 19, 2017.

Malawi Prison  brass band leads a parade from Gateway Mall to the stadium, pic Leonard Sharra

Seed scores their first goal, pic Leonard Sharra

Heartbroken, Cwed players shedding tears after the final, pic Leonard Sharra

Dude gets his best player award, pic Leonard Sharra

Seed get their prize money from Coca-Cola, pic Leonard Sharra

A Coca-Cola mascot cheers up Seed fans, pic Leonard Sharra

Who drinks last, drinks more, Seed players toss Coca-Cola canes, pic Leonard Sharra

Malawi prison brass band takes to the dance floor during the parade, pic Leonard Sharra

Second half goals from Festus Duwe and Rafik Edward sealed victory for Seed against an overconfident but ineffective Cwed, which even failed to convert a penalty in the dying minutes.

Coach Aaron Kampango admitted his boys were not up to the occasion and congratulated the opponents for the victory.

“We were so complacent and the injury to our last man MacLean Jailos in the second half made things event worse for us. But congratulations to Seed for their victory,” said Kampango.

His counterpart Razak Duwa expressed happiness with the victory, which earned his side the K2 million top prize plus trophy and gold medals.

“We had a bad start as we failed to win a game in the group stage, where we drew against Cwed and Northern Education Division (Ned).

But we picked up during the semi finals, where we defeated Central East Education Division (Ceed) before wrapping it up with the 2-0 win against Cwed,” said Duwa.

As runners up, Cwed got K1.5 million and Silver medals with third-placed Ceed, who defeated Shire Highlands (Shed) on penalty shoot-outs pocketing K1 million.

The losing semifinalists got K750,000.

Duwe was decorated with the player of the tournament accolade and pocketed K80,000 with his goalkeeper Foster Gama named goalkeeper of the tournament.

Shed’s Rodriick Speak was the topic goal score with three goals to his credit. Both the top goal scorer and best goalkeeper received K50,000 each.

Speaking during the prize presentation Coca-Cola’s marketing manager for Malawi and Zambia Takunda Jinda expressed satisfaction with the way the tournament was organised by the Malawi Schools Sports Association (Massa).

“We are satisfied with the organization of the tournament by Massa. Our aim as Coca-Cola is to support grassroot football development and with what we have seen here, I can confidently say our objective is being fulfilled,” said Jinda.

Director of Inspectorate and Advisory Services in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Raphael Agabu, who was the Guest of Honour saluted the Coca-Cola company for for its noble contribution towards football development in the country.

Massa general secretary Blackson Malamula was also thanks to Coca-Cola for sponsoring school football football in Malawi for 18 years.

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