All four clubs involved in the inaugural KZN Premier’s Cup echoed each other’s words in what they hope will be done to fast-track the development of football in the province at the launch held at the Elangeni Hotel on Tuesday, 19th July.
Two seasons ago AmaZulu striker Ayanda Dlamini emerged from the outskirts of the Zululand area and ‘Cobra’ has since established himself as one of the brightest talents from the rural areas.
“The tournament will help us a lot. We’re used to going around other provinces in the pre-season to get good matches which is always a problem.
Joseph Musonda, Fadlu Davids, Ayanda Dlamini & Asanda Mvalo
This is a very important cup and because of the opportunity it also creates for youngsters in KZN it will leave a good place in people’s hearts,” said Dlamini.
The tournament is the brain child of the KZN Department of Sport and is spearheaded by Dr Zweli Mkhize and Mrs Weziwe Thusi, who took note of all remarks from AmaZulu, Maritzburg United, Lamontville Golden Arrows, and Thanda Royal Zulu representatives.
“There is no doubt that the people of KwaZulu Natal, especially Ethekwini and surrounding areas, will support the tournament in their numbers because they have experienced football drought during recess”, said MEC Mrs Weziwe Thusi.
Clubs have adopted municipal districts in which they will work with hand in hand to assist in the nurturing of talent prior and even after the scheduled kick-off of the prestigious tournament on 31st July.
31 July 2011, Sunday
King Zwelithini Stadium
Thanda Royal Zulu vs AmaZulu 09h00
Maritzburg United vs Lamontville Golden Arrows 12h00
From Left: Ernst Middendorp (Golden Arrows), Neil Tovey (Thanda Royal Zulu), Mrs Weziwe Thusi (Sport & Recreation MEC), Rev Khumalo (Premier’s Office), Manqoba Mngqithi (AmaZuluFC) & Ian Palmer (Maritzburg United).