Budding Soccer Stars Take Part In The U/19 Provincial Selection Tournament
Budding soccer stars from across KwaZulu-Natal will be given an opportunity to showcase their footballing skills and stand a chance to be selected to represent the Province at the Durban U19 International Football Tournament scheduled to take place on 29 July – 08 August 2015. The selection will happen during the Provincial Selection Tournament taking place this weekend, 20-21 June 2015, at the Cato Manor Sports Ground.
The Provincial Selection Tournament, a curtain-raiser for the International Tournament, will see 12 teams battle it out. Teams from all eleven South African Football Association (SAFA) Regions will participate in the two-day tournament. The best players will be selected to proceed to the final camp in July, where the squad to represent the Province in the SAFA U19 National Championships to be held in the North West Region, ahead of the Durban U19 International Football Tournament, will be selected.
Participating Regions include; Umkhanyakude, Zululand, Uthungulu, Amajuba, uThukela, eThekwini, uMgungundlovu, uMzinyathi, Harry Gwala, iLembe and Ugu. They will be joined by a select number of the KZN Academy X1 team.
The Cato Manor Sports Ground has been prepared accordingly to host the triple-header games that will be played over the two-day period. Plans are also in place to ensure that all participants have a hassle-free environment that will enable players to perform at their highest peak and showcase their talents to the selectors.
The Provincial Selection Tournament will not only ensure that the Province is represented by the best players during the SAFA National Championships as well as the International Tournament, but will go a long way in promoting sports development in the Province. It is also aimed at building strong relations between the various Regions and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle amongst our youth.
Speaking ahead of the kickoff of the games this weekend, Technical Director of the KZN Academy Project, Paulo Cardoso said the Provincial Tournament was an important process step in the selection of the best U19 players within the Province. “We are looking forward to seeing and working with the best available U19 players of KwaZulu-Natal. Participating in the Provincial Tournament is an important step in providing competition for the selected players, which aids in their growth and development.
“It is pleasing to note that this will be followed by participation in the National Tournament in North West, leading up to the International competition at the end of July. The next target is to ensure that an environment is created for U19 players to play on a regular basis in organised structures throughout all the Regions. Great work is already being done on the ground. We are looking forward to a great weekend of football,” concluded Cardoso.
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Issued by the Durban U/19 International Football Tournament Local Organising Committee.
For more information contact Vuyo Ndlovu on 031 311 4838, 073 250 5704, vuyo.ndlovu@durban.gov.za