Orlando Pirates are in search of more young talent to potentially add to their first team in the future through the annual Pirates Cup.
The Pirates Cup, which will be in its fourth year this year, will be held over three days from 21-23 March 2019, as confirmed by the club.
In recent years, Pirates produced talented youngsters like Lyle Foster, who recently completed a big move to French giants AS Monaco, as well as Siphumelele Mbulu and Augustine Mahlonoko, among others, though their development.
The club will want to continue with the trend again this year through scouting future stars with projects like the Pirates Cup.
“The Pirates Cup hosted by Orlando Pirates Football Club is back. Now in its fourth year, the Pirates Cup promises to produce an even sterner test for the teams that will be participating this year, with the event now attracting attention from teams outside of Johannesburg,” Pirates confirmed on the club’s official website.
“Furthermore, for the first time in the tournament’s history, teams from other Premier Soccer League and National First Division teams will be able to participate in the event, which will be played over a three-day period towards the end of March this year. A prize pool of R80 000 is up for grabs in this year’s showpiece, which will be held from 21-23 March 2019. The winners will walk away with R40 000, while the runners-up and third place will bag R20 000 and R10 000 respectively,” confirmed Bucs.
“There will also be something up for grabs for the Tournament MVP and the Top Goal Scorer, who will both walk away with R5 000 each. The tournament has been won by Orlando Pirates in the last three years but the young Buccaneers will have it all to do this year as the organisers have increased the competition from 24 teams last year to 32 this year. Aside from the cash prize that teams will be competing for. The one thing that has set the Pirates Cup apart from other youth tournaments is the opportunity that players will get to be part of the Project X Tour. The last three instalments of the Project X Tour have seen some lucky boys travel overseas – with the 2018 tour group travelling to Brazil – to compete with some of the best youth football teams from those countries. The destination for this years’ Project X Tour has been finalized, however, like in previous years, the destination and names of the opposition will only be shared closer to departure date in May,” confirmed the Buccaneers.