The draw for the annual U19 Metropolitan Premier Cup took place last night at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town, with Mamelodi Sundowns being drawn in the group of death.
The tournament will take place over Easter weekend at Erica Park, Belhar from 23 – 28 March, with the Opening ceremony on Friday, 25 March.
The 27th edition of Africa’s biggest U19 tournament will see touring teams from Zambia (Zesco United) and Wales (Swansea) as well as a number of PSL youth teams, most notably, former champions Ajax Cape Town, Bidvest Wits, Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns.
The reigning Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup are Cape-based team, Glendene United, who defeated JL Zwane 1-0 in the 2015 edition of the tournament.
Players who have used this tournament as a platform to showcase their talent include the likes of Benni McCarthy, Moeneeb Josephs, Thulani Serero, Cole Alexander and Rivaldo Coetzee.
Player of the tournament, and younger brother of Mark Mayambela; Mihlali Mayambela, was scouted after impressing in the tournament last year. He was subsequently snapped up Djurgardens and his now plying his trade in Sweden.
There is a total of R105 000 in prize money up for grabs at the 2016 Metropolitan Premier Cup.
The 2016 Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup full draw:
Group A: Glendene United, Harmony Sports Academy, Southampton FC & Juventus (Beaufort West)
Group B: Bayhill United, Jomo Cosmos, Hellenic & MPCE Football Academy
Group C: SuperSport United, AmaZulu, Cape United & Greenwood Athletic
Group D: Bidvest Wits, Chippa United, Atlantic Nacional & Mighty United
Group E: Ajax Cape Town, Shumba, Riverside FC & Milano United
Group F: University of Pretoria, Bloemfontein Celtic, Avendale Athletico & iKapa Sporting
Group G: Swansea City, Glenwegians, Stephanian Ottery& PPG Langa
Group H: Mamelodi Sundowns, Zesco United, Old Mutual Academy & Stellenbosch University
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