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Engen Knockout Challenge 2018

The Engen Knockout Challenge has grown into arguably South Africa’s most prestigious under-17 soccer event over the past 10 years. In that time the tournament has entrenched its position as a premier platform for spotting promising football talent.

The Engen Knockout Challenge pits 16 teams in five regions across South Africa against each other. Participation is either by invitation and/or through qualifying rounds. This sees 48 matches staged over three days at each of the five events.

The five regions which host the event are Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

Some of the names who have come through the programme are:

May Mahlangu (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania)
Thulani Serero (Ajax Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Keagan Dolly (Montpellier FC, France)
Ayanda Patosi (Sporting Lokeren, Belgium)
Daylon Claasen (Bidvest Wits)
Ronwen Williams (Supersport United)
Sameehg Doutie (Atlético de Kolkata, India)
George Maluleka (Kaizer Chiefs)
Ebrahim Seedat (Cape Town City)
Bongani Zungu (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Travis Graham (Ajax Cape Town)
Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits)
David Booysen (Maritzburg United)
Riyaad Norodien (Orlando Pirates)
Tshegofatso Mabaso (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Keegan Buchanan (Kaizer Chiefs)
Thabo Moloi (TUKS)

The young Clever Boys will be taking part in the Johannesburg edition kicking off today at 13h30 at Marks Park in Emmerentia. The opening ceremony takes place at 12h00 and we urge everyone to come and support not only the Clever Boys but also the future of South African Football.

The Bidvest Wits under 17’s is coached by Ceaser Maphala. The tournament takes place from the 27 – 29 July 2018.

Group A
Highlands Park
Jomo Cosmos
Wits Juniours FC
Kaizer Chiefs

Group B
Shumba FC
Stars of Africa FC
Rosina Sedibane FC
Randburg AFC

Group C
University of Pretoria FC
Mamelodi Sundowns
Supersport United FC
Dlamini XI Experience FC

Group D
Platnium Stars
Bidvest Wits
Orlando Pirates
Black Aces

The first 3 rounds of fixtures for Bidvest

Friday, 27 July – 14h30 (Round 1)

Platnium Stars vs Bidvest Wits – Field E

Friday, 27 July – 16h30 (Round 2)

Bidvest Wits vs Black Aces – Field E

Saturday, 28 July – 10h30 (Round 3)

Bidvest Wits vs Orlando Pirates – Field D

Follow us on Twitter @BidvestWits for all the updates from Marks Park.