TSB, one of South Africa’s major sugar producers has announced the official launch of the inaugural Selati Cup.
This football tournament which is formatted in way that incentivize participation and provide clubs with tools that will help improve their game will see clubs from all over the province of Mpumalanga compete for the converted silver-ware and a mouth-watering cash prize.
The Selati Cup is envisaged to be an annual event and will take place in Nkomazi. The event is being supported by a host of corporates operating in the region including TRAC N4, MTN and Standard Bank, with TSB as the title sponsor.
Speaking at the launch, Corporate Affairs General Manager at TSB, Vusi Khoza said Selati sugar is part of the daily life of South Africans, just like football.
“We have created this tournament with the idea of seriously embedding the spirit of sponsorship and community building through soccer,’ pointed out Khoza.
Khoza has also thanked sponsors for investing in the local communities and hoped the tournament would help identify local talent that could shine at the national or even international stage.
First played eight years ago (in 2005), the Selati Cup inaugural championships saw just 32 clubs participating. The Selati Super Cup, as it was then known grew exponentially, with 57 clubs competing in 2006 before the number could rise to 138 in 2007, then sky-rocked to 215 and 280 in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
A record number of clubs signed up for the tournament and were short-listed via an innovative SMS campaign to manage the teams and gauge their progress throughout the championships. 64 clubs will be chosen to battle it out for the honours of being crowned champions of this year’ Selati Cup edition.
“We are proud to be able to bring this popular tournament back, with further support from sponsors, and our joint ventures, Sivunosetfu, Mgubho and Libuyile are also on board this year and more sponsorship committed are streaming in. We also have support from Enhlazeni’ SA Football Association, the Nkomazi Local Football Association and of course Nkomazi Municipality whose assistance will make the tournament even more interesting,” added Khoza.
The tournament will take place over the period of three months between March and June and will see the winning team taking home R75 000 and a floating trophy.
The tournament provides a unique opportunity for local soccer clubs to test their skills against the best and the most popular community clubs.
Stars like Innocent Mkhabela of Platinum Stars and Thapelo Mkatshwa of Free State Stars come from the region and are celebrated players in their respective clubs.
Said Khoza in conclusion:“The 64 clubs have a unique opportunity to play on their home ground and to their full potential under the watchful eyes of their soccer scouts and celebrated players from the region. The Selati Cup reflects our support for the sport and to create platforms for the youth in our communities.”