A football spectacle akin to the fan fair on display at the World Cup showpiece in Russia was launched at Moses Mabhida Stadium on 27 June as 16 teams forming part of the 2018 Engen Knockout Challenge were revealed.
The above statement is no way exaggerated to the youth players, the parents and coaches of the players who will be sweating it out from 13 – 15 July at the iconic Moses Mabhida’s outer fields.
The qualification process for the teams were just as exciting and competitive thanks to SAFA Ethekwini’s efficiency from LFA levels spread out all over the Durban central reach.
Petroleum giant, Engen have once again ensured they provide a platform for the football crazed youngsters all over the country to shine on social media with, #YourJourneyStartsHere.
AmaZulu Community Trust Programs Manager and Tournament Director, Mpho Dintwa said: “The 2018 edition is no different to the previous editions at which delivering a bumper package of competitive football for the Durban region is our main aim.”
“This year a new system of verifying age has been introduced, a biometric system in an effort to help maintain high standards jointly in compliance with SAFA regulations and Engen as a sponsor,” said Dintwa.
SAFA Ethekwini President, Mazwi Mkhize applauded Engen for the continued elevation of football development in KZN and Durban.
The Durban region has in the past been the breeding ground for many scouts representing professional clubs in the province and all over the country due to the quality football that gets showcased throughout the tournament.
Last year’s winners, Durban FC who beat Toronto Blizzards on penalties, made up the four seeded teams alongside hosts, AmaZulu FC, Royal Eagles and invited team, Mgangeni United. Entry to the matches is free.
The winner of the tournament will qualify for the Engen Champ of Champs which will be held later in the year.
A long list of players have in the past kick-started their journey into the big time through the petroleum backed showpiece, most recently the likes of, Sphesihle Maduna (AmaZulu FC), Bayzel Goldstone (Royal Eagles), Zola Jingxi (AmaZulu FC), Mfan’fikile Dlamini (Golden Arrows).