KZN PREMIER’S CUP 2016 LAUNCHED
Written by: Ndumiso Nxumalo
The 2016 edition of the KZN Premier’s Cup Football Tournament was officially launched at Coastlands Musgrave Hotel on Monday and is set to raise the competition level.
All six participating teams will be looking forward to utilising the tournament to finalise combinations ahead of the new Premiership and National First Division seasons.
The Premier’s Cup was funded by the Department of Sport and Recreation and the tournament will be held over two days at Umhlathuze Sports Complex in Richards Bay,
Sithole-Moloi said the Department will continue to work with professional clubs and the South African Football Association to develop football in the Province.
“The staging of the KZN Premier’s Cup is one of the platforms that we are utilising to assist our teams in preparing themselves properly,” said Moloi.
The tournament will start on Saturday, 13 August, with the elimination round between the four NFD sides.
Royal Eagles will take on Kings United in the first eliminator at 11h30 and Thanda Royal Zulu clash with AmaZulu at 13h00.
The winners of the two matches will join Maritzburg and Arrows in the semi-finals on Sunday.
MEC Sithole-Moloi urged football fans to come out in their numbers to support their teams. “It is important to support our teams throughout the season. We must not only come to the stadium when they are playing against big Gauteng teams.”
Speaking on behalf of Tournament Patron, Premier Willis Mchunu, his special advisor, Ms Linda Zama urged KwaZulu-Natal teams to revive the passion and dedication that used to be part of football in the Province.
“I have travelled all over the world especially in Africa where there are teams that have nothing in terms of infrastructure and resources compared to what we have. On behalf of the premier I urge you to revive this spirit that we used to have in this province,” said Zama who is a former chairperson of the National Soccer League Disciplinary Committee.