Stix Morewa Challenge should be spreaded nationally
By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa
It will be interesting to see if the Stix Morewa Challenge will be held in other parts of the country as it is growing every year.
Last October, Clinix Health Group, along with the Soweto Football Association (SFA), launched the 2017 Clinix Stix Morewa Soccer Challenge.
The event was attended by Dr KOP Matseke, CEO of Clinix Health Group, Dennis Mumble, CEO of the South African Football Association (SAFA), as well as Dr Robin Peterson, CEO of SAFA Development Agency. Representing the Morewa family was his son, Bobby Morewa.
The tournament ran from Sunday, 1 October to Sunday, 26 November – with the finals staged at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto.
According to organisers, "this year will mark the 13th anniversary of the Soccer Challenge, that has been held in remembrance of Solomon ‘Stix’ Morewa. Not only was he once South African Football Association’s (SAFA) President, but he was also Clinix Health Group’s Marketing Manager before his passing. His belief that grass-roots football would help get children off the streets and encourage them to achieve their dreams is one of the reasons why Clinix Health Group began the Soccer Challenge."
The tournament has not only grown in stature but has also exposed new talent that is now playing in various Premier Soccer League teams and even for the South African Senior Men’s National Team, Bafana Bafana.
Last year there were over 56 teams playing in the men’s teams and 24 female teams (both open and under 15 teams) – which made it a total of 1200 teams.
Dr Khamane ‘KOP’ Matseke the CEO of Clinix Health Group and a close friend of ‘Stix’ Morewa is very enthusiastic about the Challenge.
Dr Matseke said, “Clinix has been hosting the Challenge over the last 13 years not only to celebrate a legacy but also to make sure that we help feed talent into SAFA and the PSL. Stix believed that football in South Africa could only be improved with tournaments such as this – in grass roots football where we find diamonds in the rough and help develop their talent,”