Cape Town -
After a two-month hiatus the MultiChoice Diski Challenge returns for the
playoff stages later this month. The recess was to allow players ample time to
prepare and write their year-end examinations.
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takes a holistic approach to the development of our next generation of football
stars – we want them to focus as much on their education as they do on their
football.” explained Teressa Malevu, Head of Corportate Responsibility for
MultiChoice. “The break enabled players like Dumsani Msibi, Sphesihle Sangweni
and Percy Tau, amongst others, to successfully complete their matric.”
into the break, Bloemfontein Celtic, SuperSport United, Polokwane City,
University of Pretoria, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Platinum Stars and
Mpumalanga Black Aces all secured themselves spots in the quarter finals,
giving them a one in eight chance of landing the inaugural title and a
once-in-a-lifetime 8-day trip to the Netherlands.
In the two
months of group stage football played last year, more than 10 players attained
promotion to their respective first teams. First team players returning from
injury were able to gain much needed match practice and the pool of players for
youth national team coaches to choose from was widened considerably. Promotion
chasing NFD teams also bolstered their squads with some of the talent
discovered at the tournament.
field, the players gained essential life skills.
unearthing the country’s next football gems, the tournament offered young
content producer interns fresh out of varsity, an opportunity to cut their
teeth as the production crew for the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.
finals will kick off on Saturday, 31 January and Sunday 1 February at King
Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal. Entry into the stadium is free and
tickets are available at all Shoprite or Computicket outlets across the
province. A limit of two tickets per person per day will apply. No tickets will
be issued at the ground on match day.