Rovers lift trophy

2017-06-28 06:02
The Solar Youth Cup tournament was won by the Rovers Football Club, who were also awarded the R15 000 prize money.

The Solar Youth Cup tournament was won by the Rovers Football Club, who were also awarded the R15 000 prize money.

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About 59 teams under the region’s Local Football Association in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) District Municipality participated in the newly launched Solar Youth Cup tournament on 17 and 18 June.

The tournament trophy was lifted by the Rovers Football Club, who were also awarded the R15 000 prize money.

The tournament was established to develop local talent as well as to give exposure to rural based youths who display great potential.

The Solar Youth Cup tournament is sponsored by the Sishen Solar Facility, the Kathu Solar Park and Kelebogile Trust. The Solar Youth Cup inaugural tournament is supported by EDS Consulting, Loago Business Consulting, the South African Football Association (Safa), LaLiga and the Local Football Association.

The tournament was attended by the Safa president, Danny Jordaan, accompanied by fellow national executive committee member Ria Ledwaba, officials and five talent scouts.

Promising talent was unearthed when two players were selected to train with Kaizer Chiefs for two weeks in Johannesburg.

If successful, one of them will have the opportunity to train with one of the Spanish LaLiga teams in Spain.

Coaching clinics were run on the first day of the tournament by former Bafana Bafana stars Stanton Frede-ricks, Arthur Zwane and Fabien McCarthy, including the u.17 national coach Molefi Ntseki.

“Despite the game’s popularity, the Northern Cape does not have a team in the Premier Soccer League. This is difficult due to the rural nature of this province, as well as the lack of investment and development of the sport,” explained Irfaan Petersen, economic development analyst for Sishen Solar Facility, when asked why this tournament was established.

The second finalist walked away with R12 000 and the third runner up with R10 000.

Each of the participating teams received soccer kits, balls and first aid training, while the JTG LFA received nets and corner flags.

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