2013 marks a milestone year for Engen, as they celebrate 10 years of supporting
youth football. After a decade, 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’s Engen Knockout Challenge will see eighty teams, who have all come
through tough qualifying programmes, do battle in five regional tournaments for the
honour of being crowned Engen Knockout Challenge Champions for 2013.
This year the tournament will take place on the following dates:
Durban: 21 – 23 June, 2013
Host Club: Amazulu FC,
Venue: Highbury & Pegasus Sport Complex
Johannesburg: 28 – 30 June, 2013
Host Club – University of Witwatersrand,
Venue: Marks Park Emmerentia
Bloemfontein: 5 – 7 July, 2013
Host Club – Greys College High school
Venue: Grey College sports grounds
Port Elizabeth: 12 – 14 July, 2013
Host Club – Glenville Celtic AFC,
Venue: Gelvandale Sports Complex
Cape Town: 16 – 18 August, 2013
Host Club – Santos FC,
Venue: William Herbert Sports Complex
The Knockout Challenge tournaments have selected Tournament Ambassadors in the five
regions, namely; Durban – Taphuwa Kapini, Johannesburg – Asive Langwe, Bloemfontein
– Lyle Lakay, Port Elizabeth – Frank Schoeman and Cape Town – Mason October, some of
which have played in the tournament in previous years and who have all gone onto
greater heights within football in the country.
In celebration of Engen’s 10th Anniversary of the Engen Knockout Challenge, one
player per region will be selected on the final day of the tournament to take part
in a three day dedicated high performance programme at the High Performance Centre
in Pretoria. During their stay there, they will experience what it is like to live
the life of a professional footballer.
The programme, scheduled from the 23 – 25 September, will include activities such as
Sport Science Training, Technical sessions, bleep tests, psychology talks and many
other activities that will be beneficial to their growth as footballers.
In addition to the football activity on the field, all regional tournaments will
also have a range of exciting activities over the weekend and which include a “10
Best Seats” competition where the best supporters over the weekend will get a chance
to sit in the “best seats” on the final day of the tournament. There will also be
designated family areas for kids to join in on the festivities.
This year’s 10th anniversary celebrations promise excitement and fun, on and off the
field and Engen looks forward to welcoming all to yet another year of quality Youth