2011 COPA COCA-COLA BEST PLAYER DEPARTING FOR CAMP

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Kigali, October 18th, 2011…. Copa Coca-Cola is once again offering the opportunity to two young talented football players a chance to improve, exchange and empower themselves with the best across the world.

On 21st September 2011, the British High Commission in Nairobi confirmed to Coca-Cola Central, East and West Africa (CEWA) that it had declined to issue visas to 38 COPA Coca-Cola players and 12 chaperones from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Congo, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  

The COPA Coca-Cola teams were expected to represent their respective countries at the annual COPA Coca-Cola International Soccer Camp to be held in London this year.  

In the meantime, Coca-Cola CEWA and its bottling partners in the affected countries have been making every effort to contact the guardians and players, advising them of this unfortunate visa situation.  Additionally, Coca-Cola representatives were discussing and considering options that will provide the affected players with an alternative opportunity to experience world-class football as they sharpen their skills.
The 36 players and 11 chaperons will be leaving their respective countries on October 27th to join the Copa Coca-Cola Football Stars Camp in Johannesburg, South Africa . The camp will take place until November 02th, 2011.
For the third year in a row, Coca-Cola has partnered with the Ministry of Education, Ministry in charge of secondary and primary Education, the Ministry of Sport and Culture, Right to Play, FERWAFA, National Olympic Committee to administer the tournament countrywide.  
COPA Coca-Cola is built on a unique structure which ensures that exceptional talent – also known as ‘the best of the best’ – continues to progress throughout the games despite elimination of teams in the early rounds of the competition.

It is this unique association with football that gives COPA Coca-Cola its regional and global scale, allowing thousands of youth to make strides towards making their dreams of becoming soccer stars a reality.  
Through its Africa COPA Championship, Coca-Cola exposes hundreds of youth from far-flung corners of the country to life-skills training and world class football coaching, and provides an opportunity for these budding football stars to meet and interact with peers from other parts of the region and the world.  COPA Coca-Cola is also played in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

In 2011, Copa Coca- Cola competition has reinforced the youth league by introducing girls teams. Started in March, the 2011 Copa Coca-Cola football under 17 years league has known its highest number of participants with 46 teams, including 16 girls teams; the competition has once again brought the best players and school across the country.  

The fruits of this platform have been the growth and training of potential and future youth players to be International football Stars players as Emery Tuyisenge the National Junior team captain of Rwanda (Amavubi) who has represented Rwanda in the Under 20 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

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