Young Sundowns ends the Engen Knockout Challenge drought

THE Johannesburg leg of the 2013 Engen Knockout Challenge tournament ended in elation for Mamelodi Sundowns who were crowned Champions after many years of competing in the prestigious Under 17 Soccer event.

Celebrating its 10th year, the Engen Knockout Challenge was staged at Marks Park Sport Complex, Emmarentia this past weekend.

Sundowns were deservedly rewarded with a Champions trophy, gold medals, a R10 000 cheque and bragging rights as the tournament winners. The runners up and defending Champions, School of Excellence were also handsomely rewarded with a R2 500 cheque and silver medals.

National tournament selector Duncan Crowie and his technical team observed the competitors throughout the tournament and evaluated individuals, referees and teams who displayed exceptional qualities in the sport.  Identified recipients were later awarded with trophies and recognition prizes. Thabiso Gwabavu from Soweto Select was the winner of the Engen 10 year anniversary award where he will experience what it is like to be a professional footballer when he attends a dedicated High Performance Programme hosted by the University of Pretoria High Performance Centre.

Another notable achiever was Thandowethu Maqhina from Diambers who was rightfully named as the Player of the Tournament for his exemplary skill and sportsmanship.

A host of other tournament awards were presented to individuals and which included Top Goals Scorer, Referee of the Tournament, Best Defender, Goalkeeper of the Tournament, Coach of the Tournament, Top Striker and Midfielder of the Tournament.

In the spirit of community upliftment and to further enhance Engen’s support of programmes that impact positively on communities, Engen continued with their  ‘Goals for Charity’ campaign launch a number of years back.

This initiative harnesses all Engen Football programmes as contributors to raising much needed funds in support of the specialist Burn Unit at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

“The Engen Knockout Challenge has grown from strength to strength in the past 10 years and we are proud to have been a part of contributing to the growth of community upliftment and individuals through soccer. We are extremely proud to see this tournament grow to become one of the most prestigious youth programmes in the country which over the years has unearthed a host of talented players who now are applying their trade within the professional ranks” said Brad Bergh, Group Sponsorship Manager of Engen Petroleum.

Don’t miss out on all the action at the next leg of the 10th anniversary Engen Knockout Challenge on July 5-7 in Bloemfontein at Windmill Park, Grey College 

The individual awards were as follows:

Referee of the tournament:                  Mohau Chaka

Defender of the tournament:               Thulani Ncele (School of Excellence)

Midfielder of the tournament:              Thandowethu Maqhina (Diambers)

Striker of the tournament:                    Mpumelelo Hlatswayo (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Coach of the tournament:                   Tony Dyers (Mpumalanga Black Aces)

Top Goalscorer:                                   Sanele Ncele (Senaone Gunners)

Goalkeeper of the tournament:           Thikisani Mbanjwa (University of Pretoria)

Player of the tournament:                    Thandowethu Maqhina (Diambers)


Tournament Dates in the other provinces are as follows:


Free State: 5 – 7 July Bloemfontein

Eastern Cape: 12 – 14 July Port Elizabeth

Western Cape: 16 – 18 August Cape Town

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