Highlands Park geared up for the 2017 Engen Knockout Challenge
2017 Engen Knockout Challenge debutants Highlands Park will go head-to-head with 16 of the best teams in Gauteng for the coveted cup. The tournament will take place in Marks Park Sports Complex from 4 August – 6 August 2017.
The Lions of the North have been drawn in Group 2 alongside Orlando Pirates, Supersport United and Bophelo FC.
Highlands Park team manager Clark Motwa has made it clear that the Lions of the North won’t be going into the competition just to make up the numbers.
“We are going there to compete. These boys have been together for over 7 months and preparations have been going well so I can say that we are ready for the challenge ahead.”
Motwa singled out Highlands Park 17 year old striker Siyanda Magwaza as a player to look out for in the tournament.
“So far he is our top goal scorer in the league. He is looking sharp and he is amped for the tournament.”
Since its inception in 2003, the Engen Knockout Challenge has become one of the most prestigious youth tournaments in South Africa. Over the years its proven to be a stepping stone for over 100 players who have gone on to play professional football locally and overseas.
Players such as Daine Klate, Thulani Serero, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Kermit Erasmus, Lorenzo Gordinho Rivaldo Coetzee and Phakamani Mahlambi all starred in the tournament before stepping up to the professional ranks.
Group 1 – Wits Juniors, Southern LFA, Bidvest Wits, Platinum Stars
Group 2 – Highlands Park, Orlando Pirates, Supersport United, Bophelo FC
Group 3 – Kaizer Chiefs, Soweto Stars, Mamelodi Sundowns, Polokwane City Rovers
Group 4 – Tuks, Axton Panorama, Stars of Africa, School of Excellence