Starting from today, Bloemfontein will be a hive of activity when hundreds of football stardom hopefuls will be vying for the R100 000 in prize money for the Engen Knockout Challenge and to be sported by various talent seekers.
The tournament is known for having produced young, powerful players for many teams in the past including Bloemfontein Celtic.
According to the organisers, the Bloemfontein leg will start today, July 22 to 24 at the Grey College Sports Complex.
“The journey to stardom beckons for many young football hopefuls courtesy of Engen, with South Africa’s leading petroleum brand again providing South Africa’s top talent with a stage to showcase their skills to leading scouts by hosting the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge,” said an email from the organisers.
Widely regarded as one of the most prestigious under-17 football tournaments in the country, the Engen Knockout Challenge has since its inception back in 2003 been a valuable stepping stone for over 100 players who have gone on to play professionally both locally and abroad.
Seasoned stars such as Thulani Serero, Daine Klaite, Jody February, Rowen Williams, George Maluleka, Cole Alexander and Denwin Farmer all graced the Engen Knockout Challenge before going on to establish themselves at pro level.
The 2015 event was particularly fruitful with 11 players who featured in the tournament representing South Africa at the 2015 under-20 FIFA World Cup in Chile.
Qualifying for the tournament is already underway.
Over 250 teams are currently engaged in playoffs to determine the 16 teams that will feature in the five regional events respectively.
The winners of the regional Engen Knockout Challenge events will battle it out in the Engen Champ of Champs later in the year to determine the overall national champions.
By PE Reporter