ALL SET FOR DURBAN U/19 TOURNEY
By: Khanyisani Dlomo
It’s all systems go for the inaugural Durban Under-19 International Football Tournament which starts on Thursday.
In a press conference on Wednesday, tournament organiser David Broomhall said teams – four European, two South American, SAFA’s national under-19 team and KwaZulu-Natal Academy XI – have arrived in the city and are ready for action.
“Preparations are in full swing. We are looking forward to the action on the pitch. Everybody is in good spirit and looking forward to an exciting tournament,” Broomhall told reporters at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
KZN Academy XI coach, Scelo Qwabe said, “We travelled eleven districts in the province and we discovered great talent that needs to be developed and nurtured. We believe that the 20-man squad that we’ve chosen will make the province proud.”
Argentine giants Boca Juniors, and Italy’s AS Roma landed on Tuesday while Portugal’s Benfica arrived on Wednesday. Brazillian side Santos and the Netherlands’ Feyenoord arrived over the weekend.
The tournament kicks off on 31 July and the final will be on 9 August.
Group games will be played at the Princess Magogo Stadium in KwaMashu and Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont respectively.
Semi-finalists will head to Umlazi’s King Zwelithini Stadium with the final scheduled for Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Princess Magogo Stadium
31 July 2 August
15.00: Boca Juniors vs Benfica 15.00 KZN Academy XI vs Boca Juniors
17.15: KZN Academy XI vs AS Roma 17.15 AS Roma vs Benfica
15.00: Boca Juniors vs AS Roma
17.15: KZN Academy XI vs Benfica
Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium
1 August 3 August
15.00: Santos vs Everton 15.00: SAFA U/19 vs Santos
17.15: SAFA U/19 vs Feyenoord 17.15: Feyenoord vs Everton
15.00: Santos vs Feyenoord
17.15: SAFA U/19 vs Everton
King Zwelithini Stadium: 7 August, semi-final
15.00: Group A winner vs Group B second place
17.15: Group B winner vs Group A second place
Moses Mabhida Stadium: 9 August (3rd & 4th place play off and final)
15.00: Semi-final 1 loser vs Semi-final 2 loser
17.15: Semi-final 1 winner vs Semi-final 2 winner