Supporters’ thirst for township football action will be quenched on Saturday at the Red Bull Kasi Cup.
The one-day contest, which will include two semifinal clashes and a final, will take place at the Alexandra Stadium, north of Johannesburg.
The four teams participating – East To Soweto FC, Kathorus FC, Yoyo FC and Sesfikile FC – qualified for the main tournament after winning regional play-offs around Gauteng.
These sides will only find out who their opponents are on the day of the tournament through a draw.
Former PSL stars, including Doctor Khumalo, Teko Modise and Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala, among others, will feature in an exhibition match that is also scheduled for the day.
Tshabalala, who started his playing career on the streets of Phiri in Soweto, said the importance of grassroots football cannot be overemphasised.
“The qualities I took from playing in the streets of Phiri that helped me to become the player I am today were discipline, teamwork and selflessness,” Tshabalala said, adding:
Tournament ambassador Morgan Gould, who is also Sekhukhune United reserve team assistant coach, said: “Playing kasi football really molds you as a person – you get to learn a sense of discipline, responsibility, timing and urgency that you can apply not only on the soccer field, but in life as well. Tournaments such as Red Bull Kasi Cup help remove the youth from the ills of the kasi into a more positive space.”
The tournament did not take place last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Snack FC won the competition in 2019 and bagged the R100 000 first prize purse for their efforts.
10am to 12pm: First semifinal
12pm to 2pm: Second semifinal
2pm to 2:30pm: Legends match
3pm to 5pm: Final