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As South Africa celebrates 25 years of democracy, the nation needs to look back and celebrate how it has become a new society, built on a foundation of freedom.
One of the most admirable things that the country is also ought to be proud of are the major sporting achievements that have been accomplished over the 25 years. This includes individual milestones that have been achieved by some of our sports men and women, to the major tournaments we have hosted and won over the years, such as the 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cup, 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, successful hosts of the 2010 Soccer World Cup and 2003 Cricket World and soon to host the 2023 Netball World Cup.
Democracy has also given way to other sporting contests that are garnered towards youth development. The June 16 Memorial Cup might be an amateur township tournament but it’s one of the youth sports competitions that contribute immensely towards football development.
Now in its second year, the June 16 Memorial Cup is determined to deliver an even bigger and more exciting spectacle, that will create a platform for sports clubs and players in and around Soweto to be part of this contest.
“This year the June 16 Memorial Cup is going Beyond Football, going beyond the call of football,” said Reggie Moloi Chairman at Thabeng Management. “We’re going where no other tournament on our level has gone before and that is tapping into the lives of the players that will be participating, ensuring the we make an impact in the lives of their families and communities as well,” added Moloi.
The June 16 Memorial Cup ‘Beyond Football Man of the Match prize will represent the essence of what it means to go Beyond Football. Realising the significance of family support for players that partake in the tournament, what better way to reward deserving all the man of the match players with grocery hampers that they can take back home. After all, “Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten” – David Ogden Stiers
Another initiative that that will be tied to the 2019 June 16 Memorial Cup going Beyond Football will be around the goals scored in each game during the tournament. “We’re aiming to utilise the beloved game of football to protect, serve and take care of the girl child. This is a first for the June 16 Memorial Cup and we hope it will be an on-going initiative for the tournament. For every goal scored in the 2019 June 16 Memorial Cup, the midfield maestro, Xola Mlambo will donate a pack of sanitary towels towards the #XolaMlamboGoals4Pads sanitary towel drive, said Moloi Chairman at Thabeng Management.
This year the June 16 Memorial Cup welcomes 32 teams from across various communities in Gauteng. This will be a knockout format, with teams having been drawn as follows:

25 May 2019:
• Aston Villa vs. Braamfischer Eagles: 9h00
• Meadowlands Academy vs. Kalawa FC: 11h00
• White City Spurs vs. Soweto Super United: 13h00
• Dalmeny Young Chiefs vs. Mambas: 15h00

26 May 2019
• Mohlakeng Eleven vs. Vaal Monate: 9h00
• Lyon FC vs. Tshepisong Gunners: 11h00
• Meadowlands All Stars vs. Soweto Diamonds: 13h00
• Katlehong Arsenal FC vs. KFC: 15h00

1 June 2019
• Sneke Movers vs. Mathaithai: 9h00
• La Masia vs. Meadowlands Juventus: 11h00
• Sneke Chillers vs. Zak Park: 13h00
• Hlanganani FC vs. Black Poison: 15h00

2 June 2019
• Meadowlands Harmony vs. Chipolopolo: 9h00
• Ndengeza FC vs. Vutha FC: 11h00
• The Rock vs. Pro Eleven: 13h00
• Dube Continental vs. Shikisha FC: 15h00

The 2019 June 16 Memorial Cup will take place from 25 May – 15 June at the Meadowlands Zone 9 BRT grounds, with both semi-finals, schools curtain raiser and final match all to be staged at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto on 16 June.

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