FORMER CAPS FC and Buymore forward More Moyo, a classic example of someone who successfully juggled his academics and sports, has challenged up and coming footballers, to consider emulating him and other sportsmen for greater rewards in the future.
Speaking at the official launch of the COPA Coca Cola 30th edition at Rusununguko High School on Tuesday Moyo, who was as a board member in Marketers Association of Zimbabwe during his playing days said:
a�?I had a great passion for football and parents kept pushing me to also concentrate on my studies of which I managed to juggle. Besides me, a number of people have successfully done it and in that regard I believe up and coming footballers can juggle both demands of the game and their studies.a�?
He added: a�?With tournaments such as COPA Coca-Cola at their disposal the young and upcoming footballers can easily improve their skills and with a sound education system in the country then can go on to be great people in future. The youngsters must give the best in both their academics and in sports. I recently hung my boots but I can still provide for my family as I am employed as PSMAS accounts manager.a�?
Meanwhile, in a move that will come as great news to girl child activists, boys and girlsa�� prizes are the same at this yeara��s COPA Coca-Cola.
In the past boys used to get more than girls in terms of prizes but as from this year that will no longer be the case.
This means the winners of this yeara��s competition will walk away with $5 400.
This year marks 30 years since the boys competition was started in 1989 when Gifford High staged the finals and for the girls ita��s the eighth edition.
The zonal games of the contest kick off on 24 May.
They will be followed by the districts competition on 8 June. Provincial finals are scheduled for 22 June and the national finals will be in Zvishavane from 12 to 14 July. At the draw for the national finals conducted at the launch, last yeara��s boys winners Rusununguko were drawn to play against champions of Masvingo and Mashonaland West.
Chidyamakono, the girls champions since 2013 will play their group matches against Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West provincial winners.
The tournament has been credited with providing a platform for a number of the countrya��s finest players, including the legendary Peter Ndlovu, to announce their arrival on the big stage.
It has also provided a template for scores of countries around the globe who now stage their versions of the COPA Coca-Cola tournament and has been hailed for boosting the development of the game in the world.