ALL SYS­TEMS GO FOR KAP­STADT CUP

Cape Argus - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­porter

THE Kap­stadt Cup, the city’s premier grass­roots foot­ball fes­ti­val, takes place this week­end. This year’s event prom­ises to pro­vide an im­proved plat­form for fu­ture stars to demon­strate their tal­ent.

A glit­ter­ing open­ing cer­e­mony will be held at Hart­ley­vale Sta­dium to­day at 6pm, kick­ing off the action tak­ing place to­mor­row and on Sun­day.

This year, 22 clubs with 80 teams will par­tic­i­pate in the un­der-7 to un­der-13 age-group cat­e­gories.

Singer Jimmy Ne­vis will be the head­line act at the open­ing cer­e­mony, which will also fea­ture for­mer world cham­pion freestyle foot­baller Khris Njok­wana and DJ Ready D. Good Hope FM will broad­cast live from the sta­dium to­day and on Sun­day.

FC Kap­stadt pres­i­dent, Zaid Omar, said: “I would like to con­firm that next year, Kap­stadt Cup 2019 will blaze a trail for South African grass­roots foot­ball. In an his­toric first for Cape Town grass­roots foot­ball, the fes­ti­val will evolve into an international club com­pe­ti­tion.

“Many top Euro­pean clubs have al­ready con­firmed their en­try for the 2019 fes­ti­val, which will un­doubt­edly lead to the cre­ation of the ul­ti­mate plat­form for grass­roots foot­ballers. This will surely in­spire lo­cal grass­roots foot­ballers and clubs to achieve their dream of play­ing against top Euro­peans clubs in a world-class event.”

This year’s event will in­clude the Celebrity Chal­lenge, which will take place dur­ing the lunch breaks to­mor­row and Sun­day. The chal­lenge will fea­ture na­tional sport­ing he­roes tak­ing to the pitch to show off their soc­cer skills.

For­mer Spring­boks, in­clud­ing Bryan Ha­bana, Bolla Con­radie, Brey­ton Paulse and Ton­derai Chavhanga will also make a turn on the pitch, along with soc­cer stars in­clud­ing Asavela Mbek­ile, Bradley Tal­markes and Zaid Omar.

A me­dia team, in­clud­ing Gas­ant Abarder, Ger­shawn Coet­zee, Lance Wit­ten, Clint Roper and Dan Corder, will also be don­ning their foot­ball boots to play against for­mer PSL stars, in­clud­ing Brent Carelse, Nasief Mor­ris, Shane Poggen­poel, Ty­rone Arendse, Ryan Botha and Grant Ige­sund. Craig Rosslee, for­mer Or­lando Pi­rates and Ajax Cape Town coach, will be the coach of the for­mer stars.

The 2018 Kap­stadt Cup cham­pi­ons will be crowned on Sun­day evening. The en­try fee is R8 for adults and R5 for chil­dren. |

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THE Kap­stadt Cup is Cape Town’s premier grass­roots foot­ball fes­ti­val.

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