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GAUTENG LEG OF ENGEN KNOCKOUT CHALLENGE LINES UP SOME MOUTH-WATERING FIXTURES

Gavin Smith Engen Group Communication Manager , Phil Mogodi SAFA Gauteng President and Brighton Mhlongo Engen Ambassador during the 2023 Engen Knockout Challenge Launch and Draw on 03 July 2023 at Wits Sturrock Park © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

The Gauteng leg of the Engen Knockout Challenge draw was officially conducted on Monday, 3 July as Engen, in partnership with SAFA Johannesburg and tournament hosts, Wits Sports officially conducted the draw at Sturrock Park Sports Complex in Johannesburg.

The 21st edition of the tournament saw a total of 32 Gauteng-based clubs – equally split between Boys (U18) and Girls (U20) being drawn into groups of four ahead of the tournament that is set to take place at Marks Park Sports Complex between 07 and 09 July.

Defending champions, Kaizer Chiefs along with Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United as well as School of Excellence are the four seeded teams in the Boys division, while University of Johannesburg, who are the defending champions of both the EKOC and Engen Champ of Champs were seeded along with Tuks, JVW and Mamelodi Sundowns in the four respective groups.

The draw was also attended by one of the four tournament ambassadors, Brighton Mhlongo who lauded both Engen and SAFA Johannesburg for their efforts of developing youth football.

“We have seen the great investment made by Engen over the last 21-years in youth football through this tournament. From the time we played up until today, Engen has been consistent in investing their time and recourses into making sure that talent is afforded an opportunity to showcase itself, which is evident in the thousands of footballers that have been identified through this tournament”, said Mhlongo.

“A special recognition to SAFA Johannesburg as well for the instrumental role that they are playing in developing talent in the region” he concluded.

SAFA Johannesburg President, Mr Phil Mogodi also heaped praise on Engen, saying that their dedication to youth football development continues to bear fruit.

Phil Mogodi SAFA Gauteng President during the 2023 Engen Knockout Challenge Launch and Draw on 03 July 2023 at Wits Sturrock Park © Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

“As SAFA Johannesburg, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Engen for the years of consistency in providing a platform for youth football development. They have been consistent in do this for the past 21-years and football in the country continues to enjoy the fruits of this investment by Engen”, said Mogodi.

2023 Engen Knockout Challenge Draw Results | Gauteng Leg

BOYS (U-18) DIVISION

GROUP AGROUP BGROUP CGROUP D
Mamelodi SundownsSchool of ExcellenceKaizer ChiefsSuperSport United
RESADlamini XI ExperienceTuks FCNWU Vaal
Randburg AFCRosina SedibaneJoburg City FCTS Galaxy FC
Wits FCOrlando Pirates FCPanorama FCK-West Academy

GIRLS (U-20) DIVISION

GROUP AGROUP BGROUP CGROUP D
TUKS FCUJJVWMamelodi Sundowns
Springs Home SweepersKempton Park LadiesGerman Int. AcademyPanorama Ladies Team
WitsBlue Birds FCRosina SedibaneBantwana Ladies
Lakeside Future StarsMito StarsRandburg UnitedNorkem Park

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