Gauteng Ready for the under 17 Engen Knockout Challenge

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The 2014 Under-17 Engen Knockout Challenge Gauteng draw was conducted on Wednesday at Sturrock Park, and given the quality players that have come through this event over the years, it is one not to be missed.This year Wits University will be hosting the event for the 8th time and Engen Sponsorship Manager Brad Bergh said during his speech just how happy Engen are with their partnership.“We are thrilled to have reached this milestone, we are making it our business to develop future players,” Bergh said.Bergh also emphasized that this tournament was the foundation to developing future Bafana Bafana stars who will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Thulani Serero, Katlego Pule and Asive Langwe who all played in the tournament.Bidvest Wits midfielder Langwe said that the Engen Knockout Challenge is a great platform to unearth young talent. He also shared that he will be staying at Bidvest Wits this season, which is good news for the club’s supporters.A total of 16 teams will do battle for the coveted Engen Knockout Challenge title at Marks Park, Gauteng with the added incentive this year of reaching the Engen Champs of Champs stage. 32 teams contested in the Engen Knockout Challenge playoffs which was held on the 14th and 15th June of which 16 teams made it through to the tournament.All the winning teams of the Regional Championships will face off in a final showdown to determine the Champions of Champions, and the best team in the country will get to lift the trophy in Pimville, Soweto during October.Football - 2014 Engen Knockout Challenge - Press Conference - Wits UniversityWith all the young players geared up to showcase their talent at this year’s Engen Knockout Challenge, it is a clear reminder why platforms like these are crucial to development talent and ensuring the future of football is in a healthy state for generations to follow.

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