SAFA & LaLiga Youth Tourney To Hit Northern Cape
SAFA affiliates to organise U17 tournaments in the Northern Cape
A new youth football tournament is set to hit the Northern Cape.
The Solar U17 Youth Cup Northern Cape 2018 tournament will start from 9-17 June 2018 and will cover three regions in the Northern Cape.
In association with the South African Football Association (SAFA) and its partner, LaLiga, this tournament will be organised by the province with sponsorships by Kathu Solar Park, Sishen Solar Facility and Loago Sports and Economic Development Solutions.
Speaking to Soccer Laduma, SAFA President Dr Jordaan hailed the tournament as a ground-breaking initiative which will help Northern Cape produce talent for the country.
“At the moment, the only renowned top football player from the Province is Rivaldo Coetzee and I believe there are many more Coetzees who will be discovered through this tournament,” said the SAFA President.
“I also hope such tournaments become a regular feature for the Province. We need more of such tournaments,” added Dr Jordaan.
LaLiga’s Africa Director, Antonio Barradas said as a partner of SAFA, they are encouraged by corporates whose vision is to unearth and develop talent in the country.
“We joined hands with SAFA in football development because the Association on its own cannot do it alone without able partners and we are happy that the Sishen Solar Facility and Kathu Solar Park have come on board to drive this Nation Building project,” said Barradas.
Meanwhile, Sishen Solar Facility Economic Development manager/analyst, Irfaan Petersen said the Solar Youth Cup is a perfect platform for collaboration between various role players in the Solar industry in the Northern Cape.
His sentiments were shared by Kathu Solar project director, Mark Janick, who said the tournament will help in diversifying the Province.
The tournament will go a long way to disapprove of the notion that the Northern Cape was a cricket and rugby ‘ only province’, noted Janick.
The Solar U17 Youth Cup Northern Cape 2018 tournament commences on 9 June and runs until 17 June 2018. The opening games of 32 teams start in the Pixley Ka Seme Region before moving to JTG Region for the last 8 while the semis and the finals will take place at Gaeleshewe Stadium in Kimberly.
The launch and draw for the tournament are scheduled to take place on Thursday, 7 June 2018 in Kimberly.