SAB League to celebrates 15 years in style


THE newly revamped Giant Stadium in Soshanguve outside Tshwane will host the annual SAB Regional League National Championships.

This year’s proceedings which will see 10 teams, nine from each province and University Sports South Africa team will mark SAB and the SA Football Association’s 15 years anniversary in partnership since the league’s inception back in 2000.

Over the years, the SAB League has produced some of the country’s talented players such as Orlando Pirates’ Happy Jele, Andile Jali and Bafana Bafana assistant coach, Thabo Senong.

The national championships in Soshanguve kick off on June 28 in two groups of five clubs which will play in a round- robin format. The final of the tournament will be played on July 5.

SAB’s Head Sustainability and Transformation, Mpho Sadike said their company is still committed to developing football in the country.

“For the past 15 years, we have had the opportunity to bring change in the lives of thousands of young and talented football players. Many of them have gone on to become some of the country’s most successful players at national level. This has always been at the heart of our involvement in the SAB League, developing the country’s future footballers and making positive impact in our communities,” said Sadike

The NEC member of SAFA, Nomsa Mahlangu said her organisation’s partnership with SAB has yielded incredible results for their vision.

“We have made significant progress in developing players, coaches and match officials through our 15 years partnership. As the governing body of football in the country, we wish to express our outmost gratitude to our sponsors as we look forward to achieving our 2022 vision,” said Mahlangu.

The 2014 winners of the competition, Free State has been drawn against the hosts, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Western Cape in Group A while Group B consists of Eastern Cape, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and University Sports South Africa (USSA)

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