WITS Football Club played host once again to the official draw of the Gauteng leg of the highly anticipated 2012, Engen Knockout Challenge. Kicking off for three days of action, on 7 September, Wits Football Club will welcome 15 other clubs in their bid to be crowned champions.
In its ninth year, the tournament has entrenched its position as one of the country’s premier platforms for spotting promising football talent and plays a major role in the development of young players in South Africa.
This year for the first time in the Engen Knockout Challenge the Gauteng Province will see 8 Female teams taking part in the tournament. The teams will be divided into two pools and the format of the game will be a round robin in the group stages and knock out in the semis and finals.
Created specifically to promote competitive conditions for under 17’s, thechallenge levels the playing fields, affording young football players an equal chance to perform to their best potential in the hope of being scouted and the opportunity of transforming their lives.
All in all, the Engen Knock-Out-Challenge will influence the lives of up to 2,000 participants across 80 amateur clubs and schools. 16 clubs in each of five regions participate either by invitation and/or through qualifying rounds, play a total of 48 matches over three days. One of the key rules and life skill elements of the Challenge is that all teams stay throughout the duration of the tournament so they can continue to learn and support their contemporaries.
“The Engen Knockout Challenge has provided a platform for young footballers to showcase their talent in an environment that truly personifies the Engen brand, that being a caring and committed corporate company.
Engen looks to further grow and develop the sport as well as unearth young talent in and around South Africa”, commented Brad Bergh, Engen Group Sponsorship Manager.