A new football tournament called VW SAFA Limpopo Challenger, which is endorsed by the Spanish professional football league, LaLiga, was launched in Polokwane.
The launch of this groundbreaking tournament is as a result of the collaboration involving the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts & Culture, South African Football Association, VW Polokwane, Selaki Sports and Leisure, FNB and other partners.
Only Top 8 of the 16 teams that currently participate in the SAFA Limpopo ABC Motsepe League will be eligible to play in the VW SAFA Limpopo Challenge.
Tournament winners will walk away with R150 000 plus a Trophy.
Second prize is R50 000 plus a trophy, third prize R25 000 plus a Trophy, fourth prize is R20 000 plus a Trophy and the last four teams will each receive R5000.
All participating teams will each receive a set of soccer kit.
The quarterfinals will take place on May 12 next year at Tshakuma Stadium in Thohoyandou and the semi finals will take place on May 19 at Giyani Stadium.
The Finals will be on May 26 at Seshego Stadium and talent scouts from Spanish LaLiga will closely monitor the tournament to identify talented players and those with potential, will be sent to Spain for football trials.
Tickets will go on sale for R50 each at Computicket, starting from October 18 2017.
All football fans who purchase tickets stand a chance to win a Brand New VW Polo vehicle.
The launch was attended by LaLiga’s Enrique Suay, SAFA Acting President Adv Poobalan Govindasamy, owner of VW Polokwane Mike Nkuna and Limpopo MEC for Sport, Arts & Culture Ms Onicca Moloi.
“We are humbled by this partnership with VW Polokwane and the Limpopo government which will enhance our football development objectives,” said Adv Govindasamy.
MEC Moloi also expressed her delight. “We will support every project that helps to increase sport participation levels in our province,” said MEC Moloi.
The owner of VW Polokwane, Nkuna, said the company is giving back to the people of Limpopo through the sponsorship of this tournament.
“It is only fitting to do this through soccer, particularly the league and teams rooted in our communities,” said Mr Nkuna.