IT is all systems go for the Nedbank Cup; the most prestigious cup competition, which was launched on Monday evening at the Nedbank Headquarters. All the 32 participating teams will walk away with at least R100 000 as they battle it out for the coveted Nedbank Cup trophy with the R7 Million purse.
An interesting encounter that football fans are eagerly anticipating is between current Nedbank Cup Champions, Orlando Pirates and Tornado FC. While the Nedbank Cup champions will be competing in the CAF Confederations Cup, they will need to overcome the man who handed them their continental star when they take on Jerry Skhosana’s Tornado FC.
Popularly known as the FA Cup of South African football, the Nedbank Cup has produced some of the country’s top performing stars such as Andile Jali who is now seen as the pride of Matatiele. The former AmaTuks and Orlando Pirates anchor-man joins a long list of Nedbank Cup graduates who were given a platform by the country’s biggest club competition to make their football dreams happen.
Following in the footsteps of Jali is 2014 Nedbank Ke Yona Team captain, Sydney Masana. The 24-year-old striker is set to make his debut in the Nedbank Cup as a regular striker of Free State Stars after being signed on a two year contract, following an impressive display in the 2014 Nedbank Ke Yona Challenge against Orlando Pirates.
Just like Masana, players between the ages of 18 and 25 in possession of a valid South African ID can also make their dreams happen by simply dialling *120*KEYONA# or *120*539662# and following the easy steps to enter. Entries close on 31 March.
“The Nedbank Cup is one of many ways in which Nedbank continues to reach out to the communities that it serves. We are looking forward to another exciting Nedbank Cup that will add onto the countless memories that South Africa has of the Nedbank Cup” says Sydney Mbhele, Divisional Executive for Group Marketing at Nedbank.
Premier Soccer League CEO Brand De Villiers added:
“The league is an organisation that believes in unearthing new talent and providing the platform to aspiring athletes, we pride ourselves with what this competition has done through our partnership with Nedbank. We look forward to the 2014/2015 edition of the Nedbank Cup. We thank Nedbank for this wonderful partnership”.
Remaining true to its core business, Nedbank will also enable its clients and communities to make the things that really matter happen. Ten clients per month will win prizes during the Nedbank Cup. Clients simply have to share their ultimate dream and stand a chance to win their share of R 4 million. In partnership with the Sports Trust, Nedbank clients will also stand a chance to make sport development happen by winning a R1 million multi-purpose sports court for a school. Other prizes include soccer kits and training equipment for 100 schools to encourage and enable children to excel in various sport codes.
To stretch the boundaries even further and bridge the gap between football and high fashion, Nedbank is calling on 16 soccer super fans to join 16 top fashion designers in the search for talented young designers from four design schools who will have the opportunity to work with budgets and production timelines to produce the football fan couture to be revealed in the course of the tournament.