Popular Philly's Games kick-starts kasi festive soccer tournament

AmaZulu player George Maluleka (second) and Themba Zwane (fourth from left) are flanked by DStv’s sponsorship senior manager Tshepiso Sathekge and representatives from Philly's Games during the tournament's draw in Tembisa on Thursday. Photo: Supplied.
AmaZulu player George Maluleka (second) and Themba Zwane (fourth from left) are flanked by DStv’s sponsorship senior manager Tshepiso Sathekge and representatives from Philly's Games during the tournament's draw in Tembisa on Thursday. Photo: Supplied.


Tembisa township in Ekurhuleni will once again become the centre of attention for kasi diski lovers after the popular festive season soccer tournament, Philly’s Games, officially launched on Thursday during a ceremony that was attended by homeboys, Themba Zwane of Mamelodi Sundowns and George Maluleka of AmaZulu.

The tournament, in partnership with DStv, will run from December 19 until January 2, and will be televised live across the country.

At stake is a R200 000 first prize purse for the champions, while the runners-up are guaranteed R70 000, bronze medallists will get R20 000 and fourth-place finishers will bag R10 000.

As a key component of this sponsorship, DStv said it would deliver live coverage of all matches on SuperSport channels 202 and 209.

The live production includes pre-match build-ups, half-time analysis and post-match interviews.

After three decades, the tournament has established itself as a catalyst for unearthing raw diamonds and being a trusted conveyer belt for talent that continues to dazzle the DStv Premiership and Diski Challenge.

DStv’s sponsorship senior manager Tshepiso Sathekge said:

The well-documented success of the Philly’s Games lies in more than just unearthing talent. The tournament festivities successfully bring together football and entertainment, while also boosting township economic activity and promoting social cohesion. Such a competition speaks back to what DStv is passionate about, sport and entertainment – coupled with the added value of enriching lives. We are therefore proud to once again demonstrate our commitment to South African football through our sponsorship of the Philly’s Games.

He added: "This exciting partnership richly complements our ever-growing portfolio of local football sponsorship, which we are equally excited to bring to life through cutting-edge and world-class broadcast technology for all South Africans to enjoy from the safety and comfort of their homes during this festive season."

Tournament founder Philly Mathebula said:

The relationship with DStv is a partnership of two organisations that have the community’s best interests at heart. In addition to the football action, the Philly’s Games provide an entertainment alternative for the Tembisa community. This, coupled with DStv’s ability to showcase the games live on SuperSport, provides exciting entertainment value for families across the country throughout the holidays.

In addition to the 13 days of live action and entertainment, fans will be treated to exciting fan engagement competitions and daily prize giveaways as part of the DStv #Kuzobamnandi festive season campaign.

Entrance to the Philly’s Games will be free throughout the tournament.

Where to follow Philly’s Games:

Maseven Ivory grounds on December 19, 20 and 21

Etafuleni Ivory grounds on December 22, 23 and 24

Phomolong Sports Complex on December 26, 27 and 28

Esiqongweni on December 29, 30 and January 1

Mehlareng Stadium on January 2 (Final).

The Philly's Games are just part of jam-packed festive season soccer tournaments.

READ: Ex-Bafana star Phiri revives 'Kasi World Cup' 

Elsewhere, recently retired PSL referee Victor Hlungwani has also launched the 22nd edition of his games, the Zama Zama Sports Challenge.

The annual event - which offers men's, women's and masters soccer events, as well as netball - will take place in Giyani, Limpopo at KYD Ground, Homu Block 14B village, from December 14 to 31.

Hlungwani, who hung up his whistle at the end of last season, said the winning team would walk away with R55 000, the runners-up will get R25 000, while third and fourth-placed sides will pocket R10 000 each.

There's something for the women's soccer competition, which starts on December 20. The champions are guaranteed R15 000.

In Rustenburg in the North West, the GSG Kasi Festive Tournament is pencilled in for December 14 to 26 at Tlhabane Stadium. 


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