Leading youth tournament, The Engen Knockout Challenge, is back for yet another installment which is set to kick-off in Port Elizabeth in June.
The renowned football development competition will take place at the Glenvandale Sport Complex in Port Elizabeth on 27-29 June. It will move to Grey College
in Bloemfontein from 4-6 July and then to Durban’s Highbury & Pegasus Sport Complex on 11-13 July. Gauteng’s Marks Park will be the host on 18-20 July.
The last leg of the tournament will be held at Cape Town’s William Herbert Sports Ground from 1-3 August.
The tournament has helped to unearth some of the current Bafana Bafana playing squad, including Ajax Amsterdam’s Thulani Serero and Supersport United’s Rowen Williams and Thato Mokeke.
Williams credits the tournament for playing a role in his development, not only as football player, but as a person.
“The Engen Knockout Challenge helped me a lot as it allowed me to test my skills against the best in my age group and see how far I can go as a footballer. Now that I am a professional player my life has changed immensely and I have been able to support my family financially and that is all through football,” says Williams.
Engen Group Sponsorship Manager, Brad Bergh, said that Engen was committed to showcasing and developing the next generation of potential football stars.
“The tournament has proved successful in helping many young hopefuls fulfill their football dreams. It will be interesting to see how many young talented players are identified this year and who may be scouted to take the next step up into the professional ranks of the sport,” he says.
In an attempt to grow the tournament’s appeal, South Africa’s most popular petroleum brand has introduced a new dimension to its historical annual national youth competition.
The Engen Champ of Champs tournament has been added and will see the champions of each regional Knockout Challenge tournament travel to Gauteng to compete for the ultimate prize – being crowned the first ever Engen Champ of The new “best of the best” event will take place between 10-12 October and will be hosted by Engen’s new PSL partner, Supersport United Football Club.
Bergh adds: “The Engen Knockout Challenge and Engen Champ of Champs offer a great experience for all, not just the players. Both tournaments invite the general public to come and enjoy a weekend of great Football, entertainment and competitions for fanatical supporters.”
“With youth development being a focus area of Football administration, we are pleased that tournaments such as these will contribute to growing the base talent pool and hopefully impact on future results at the higher level,” says Bergh.