ENGEN celebrates a highly successful end to the Engen Knockout Challenge 2013.
The culmination of the annual Engen Knockout Challenge ended with the Cape Town leg after Ajax Cape Town was crowned the six-time winners of the tournament. This sees them join the ranks of the 2013 champions along with fellow regional winners Young Pirates from Durban, Mamelodi Sundowns from Gauteng, Harmony Academy from Bloemfontein and Victoria Park High School from Port Elizabeth.
The 10th Anniversary Award winners have now been identified where the individuals from the five regions will make their way to the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria on September 23-25.
This will see Achuma Mtati from PE, Mpumelelo Gumede from Durban, Tyrone Mondi from Bloemfontein, Thabiso Gwabavu from Johannesburg and Valentino Valesco from Cape Town will live the life of professional footballers for three days.
They will be treated to intensive evaluation programmes that consist of bleep tests, psychological and sociological lecturers, fitness tests and many more.
The programme will also be extended to the coaches of the teams where the talented footballers come from. The High Performance professional will be visiting the young men in their home towns over the period of twelve months to share their knowledge and skills in order to sustain their progress and growth.
This year’s Engen Knockout Challenge also saw many young boys being scouted by top-flight Premier Soccer League Clubs as well as International Clubs. Clubs like Bolton Wanderers have shown interest in Tyrone Mondi, a player who participated in this year’s tournament where Mamelodi Sundowns have also shown interest in Thandolwethu Maqhina and Achuma Mtati.
“Sustainability is a key objective for the Engen Knockout Challenge and this is exciting for Engen to be able to afford the selected players with an opportunity where they could gain experience and knowledge for them to grow as footballers.”
said Brad Bergh – Engen Group Sponsorship Manager.