MultiChoice Diski Challenge, Asidlali, we mean business!

By Drum Digital
12 August 2014

MultiChoice has launched an initiative aimed at supporting development of football in South Africa.

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  The programme, called the MultiChoice Diski Challenge, includes a football competition for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) academy clubs; life skills and leadership development for players. “We want to make a real and lasting difference in South Africa,” said Imtiaz Patel, Group CEO for MultiChoice South Africa, in a media statement. “The MultiChoice Diski Challenge will expose young players to a range of development opportunities on and off the field and will also give young production interns the necessary exposure and skills to succeed in the broadcasting industry,” Patel said. The programme is a three-year partnership with the PSL with the focus on building the PSL’s Reserve League. The competition includes a round-robin league format and knockout phase for the 16 PSL teams; and will also equip players for life after football through life and leadership development skills as well as exposure to careers in broadcasting by attending a one week career conference at the MultiChoice campus.     Chairman of the PSL, Dr Irvin Khoza said the MultiChoice Diski Challenge addresses the need for PSL clubs to develop homegrown talent which will facilitate progression from academy football to the professional ranks.

The MultiChoice Diski Challenge tournament will kick off with a festival weekend in KwaZulu Natal in September 2014 and runs to March 2015. The winning team will receive a floating trophy and a life changing trip to Holland for a four-day training camp with the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) and their top youth coaches, as well as a match against a top Dutch team. The team will also play two friendly games in Germany, home of the FIFA World Cup Champions, against two top Bundesliga teams.

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