NAIROBI, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya have been drawn in pool A against Mozambique and Zimbabwe for the second edition of this year's Copa African Cup of Nations soccer tournament slated for Dec. 2 to 5 in the capital, Nairobi.
Copa African Cup was launched in 1989 in Zimbabwe to discover talent and foster integration and appreciation of the cultures among the young sportsmen and women has emerged as a global phenomenon, although the African chapter was only launched last year.
Pool B comprises South Africa, Zambia and Tanzania, whereas Ethiopia, Namibia, and Uganda are in pool C.
Burkina Faso, Angola, and Botswana will play in pool D during the tournament meant for students under 16 years of age and in junior high school.
"Through such tournaments, the students who are talented and gifted all over Africa are given an opportunity to participate in competitive football and develop their skills," said Belio Kipsang, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education.
Kenya won the championship last year through St. Anthony's High School during the event which was held in Nairobi.
Ampher Apidi, marketing manager at Coca-Cola Beverages Africa said the tournament has produced players who went ahead to play for top teams in Africa and Europe.
"Kennedy Mweene Zambia's national team goalkeeper, Tottenham Hotspur player Victor Wanyama and his elder brother MacDonald Mariga who turned out for Italy's Inter Milan and former Kenya national team players Patrick Oboya and Timothy Otieno are some of the players who passed through the system," Apidi said.
He said that 14 ex-Copa players took part in this year's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) football tournament that was held in Egypt between June and July.