The 27th edition of Copa coca cola schools championship kicked on Monday, May 6 at Jinja College School, with 59 schools taking part.
The two-week tournament will have no 2018 finalists Blessed Sacrament Kimanya, who opted out of this year’s edition, due to logistical issues. Karamoja region is represented in the tournament for the first time by Abim secondary school.
Kennedy Mutenyo, who has been at the helm of organizing this tournament for many years, said this is a milestone.
“Despite having former powerhouses such as Kololo SS, Old Kampala SS and Lubiri SS, it’s a pleasure to have Abim from Karamoja region. We shall continue to persuade them to always be part of the tournament,” Mutenyo said.
However, Mutenyo was concerned with continued forgery by schools trying to eld in ineligible players.
“At least tournament organizing committee has experienced teachers who can easily identify forged academic documents and they got some of the players with such documents. As of now some schools don’t have recommendable number of students,” he added.
Meanwhile, Abim made a losing debut after falling 0-3 to Nabong SS from Mbale in their first match played yesterday. In some of the earlier games played on the opening day, defending champions Buddo SS started o on a winning note when they defeated Busoga College Mwiri 2-1.
Eight-time former champions St Mary’s Kitende beat perennial contenders Nakaseke International College 2-1 while Jinja Progressive Academy edged Standard High Kateera 1-0.
Other results included Lugazi Homeland 0 Bulo Parents 0, Kisozi Seed 2 Uganda Martyrs High School-Rubaga 2, St John’s Kawuga 3 Loro SS 3, Kawempe Muslim 1 Nyangiria SS 0, Ryakasingache 2 Tororo Town College 0, St Andrews Lugazi 1 Seeke Masaka 0.