Coca Cola Cup kicks off

July 18, 2017 - Right Honorable Vice President of Nepal Nanda Kishor Pun inaugurated the Coca Cola Inter-school Football Tournament at the ANFA Complex on Tuesday.

At the opening ceremony of the biggest school level tournament in the country, ANFA President Narendra Shrestha pleaded the Vice President to expedite the renovation of sporting infrastructure that were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake.

He spoke about how the Coca Cola Inter-school Football Tournament that started in2062 BS has been playing a pivotal role in the development of football in Nepal.

“The Coca Cola Cup has been helping us a lot in grassroots development of football. Just like a good foundation is necessary for a building to stand tall, grassroots development is the most important part in football. On behalf of the ANFA, I would like to thank Coca Cola and the Nepal Government for helping us organize a tournament of this scale,” he said. 

Managing Director of Bottlers’ Nepal Puneet Varshney said that Coca Cola and Nepali football have enjoyed good relations since the last couple of decades. He expressed his delight over the positive impact the tournament has been having in Nepali football over the years.

“ We are proud that many players in Nepal have come through the Coca Cola Cup and went on to represent Nepal in international tournaments,” he added.

In the inaugural match, DAV School registered a 2-0 win over Dream Land. Anyana Parajuli and Nayab Hussain scored a goal each for the winning team.

This year’s tournament features 1500 schools from 44 districts. Like in the previous years, the tournament wil be held in three different phases – district level, regional level and national level.

The three top finishers in in both the categories – boys’ and girls’ – will receive a cash prize of Rs. 300,000 (winner), Rs. 100,000 (runner-up) and Rs. 50,000 (third place).

Individual awards in five different categories ( GK, DF, MF, FW, Coach) are also up grab with winner taking home Rs. 5,000 in each category.

The estimated budget of the tournament is Rs. 10.15Million. Coca Cola will be proving Rs. 5 Million, while the Nepal Government will be providing Rs. 2 Million.