RADUSH’S CUP RESUMES THIS YOUTH DAY
Written by: Ndumiso Nxumalo
The Annual Siyabonga Nkosi Soccer Tournament set to produce tomorrow’s future stars is set to kick off once again this year on Youth Day.
Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal will be a hive of activity from 16-20 June as 16 teams will compete for their honours.
The tournament was established in 2006 by the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Siyabonga “Radush” Nkosi, and it is aimed at creating a platform for young footballers to display their skills while positively contributing to their lives by raising awareness on social ills and encouraging positive living in the community.
Nkosi said that the tournament has now become one of the flagship events in his hometown and it would not have been the same without the support of the community.
“The tournament has been a huge success since we started back in 2006 and this year it promises to be even better, as we will also be visiting places for the underprivileged handing out food parcels and there will also be coaching clinics on the final day of the tournament,” said Nkosi.
Nkosi further said that the presence of scouts in the tournament will undoubtedly encourage younger players to up their game with the hope of playing football at the highest level.
The tournament has produced great players ever since it was established 10 years ago.
Amatucks playmaker Khethukuthula Zwane who joined the Pretoria base side in 2013 and Bafana Bafana and Bidvest Wits left-back Sifiso “Chopa” Hlanti, are some of the few players that the tournament has produced.
Choppa said that he wouldn’t have been where he is today if it weren’t for the tournament.
“I’m very grateful for what Siyabonga has done for the community and I’m sure that there are some players who will get recognition again this year because Newcastle’s got talent,” said Hlanti.
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*Picture: The tournament is set to produce more soccer stars