AMAZULU TO HOST ENGEN KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE 2013
By: Thamsanqa Dlamini
The teams that will participate in the Engen Knockout Challenge 2013 tournament in the Kwa-Zulu Natal leg were revealed on the official draw at the Engen Refinery on Wednesday. The draw consists of 15 other clubs to take part in this tournament in Durban.
Tournament Director, Mpho Dintwa will guide the hosts, Amazulu, in welcoming 15 clubs in their effort to become champions for this year. The tournament will kick off for three days as from 21-23 June in the Pegasus Sports Ground.
Organizers anticipate successful results at the end of the tournament. Engen Group Sponsorship Manager said that their vision remains to support the development in football as a part of community advancement.
“We look forward to this youth tournament each year as it is instrumental in providing development and exposure opportunities for the young football enthusiast who would traditionally not be able to participate in an event of this stature,” Brad Bergh said.
This year marks a milestone for Engen as they celebrate a decade of supporting youth football. The tournament will mark its position as one of the country’s first platform for spotting football talent and has an effective contribution to the development of young players.
Specifically derived to boost ambitious circumstances for under 17s, the challenge levels playing fields, allowing young football players an equal chance to fulfill their best potential of being granted an opportunity to transform their lives. They have contributed to the exposure and building of many of the current football champions through the Engen Knockout Challenge, since the creation of the event.
The tournament has changed the lives of up to 18 000 participants across South Africa. The Clubs participated either by qualifying rounds or invitations and play a total of 48 games in over three days.
Regardless of the outcome, these games have one key rule; all teams have to stay throughout the duration of the tournament. This rule serves as a life skill element for teams so they can continue to learn from and support their contemporaries.