Mayambela encouraged by so-called smaller clubs at Engen Knockout Challenge

General Action during Day 1 of the Engen Knockout Challenge Cape Town Play Offs, played at the Langa Stadium, Cape Town on 27 July 2023 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
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Engen Knockout Challenge Ambassador, Mark Mayambela, says the opening day of the Cape Town leg of the 2023 Engen Knockout Challenge was a clear sign of what was to come in the next two days of the tournament.

The former Cape Town City star, who is now heading the club’s youth team was speaking from the Langa Sports Stadium where the tournament is currently taking place with a total of 32 clubs, equally divided between Boys (U18) and Ladies (U20).

Mayambela, who won the tournament last year and narrowly lost to Kaizer Chiefs at the finals of the Engen Champ of Champs said the quality of youth football in the Western Cape is on the rise and thanks to Engen, such talent is given a platform to shine and express itself.

“The gap between the so-called smaller teams and well established clubs is getting smaller and we can see that through the competitiveness of the tournament. The platform that these players are getting, competing against the best talent in and around Cape Town, will see them growing into better players and improve their confidence. This is thanks to Engen’s investment in youth football development and it will continue to bear fruit” said Mayambela.

The largest youth football development tournament is approaching the business end of its provincial phase, as clubs in the various provinces take up the remaining places in the Engen Champ of Champs where each provincial winner will represent their province in September.