The journey to stardom beckons for many young football hopefuls via the Engen Knockout Challenge.

Brought to you by Engen, South Africa’s leading petroleum brand*, the Engen Knockout Challenge is played in five cities across South Africa, namely: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.

Defending regional 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge champions; Old Mutual (Cape Town), Chippa United FC (Port Elizabeth), Umqhele High School (Durban), Roo Stars (Bloemfontein) and Orlando Pirates (Johannesburg) will all be looking to defend their coveted titles against this year’s challengers.

Over 250 teams are currently engaged in playoffs to determine the 16 teams that will feature in each of the five regional events respectively.

Widely regarded as one of the most prestigious youth football tournaments in the country, the Engen Knockout Challenge has since inception in 2003 provided many aspiring professional football players with a stage to showcase their skills to leading scouts and clubs.

Coaches and scouts from both local and foreign professional clubs regularly attend the regional editions of the Engen Knockout Challenge in search of the next young South African football star. Over the years, more than 150 players have been snapped up by professional clubs.

The 2017 Engen Knockout Challenge is primed once again to unveil the best young football talent, with many going on to achieve their dreams of competing in the pro ranks.

For the players preparing for the 2017 Engen Knockout Challenge, the message is clear “Your Journey Starts Here”!

Engen Group Sponsorship Manager, Brad Bergh says the Engen Knockout Challenge continues to provide a platform for South Africa’s aspiring footballers to launch their professional football careers.

“Engen is proud to be a part of the development of these young future football stars, further contributing to the realisation of their dream of being signed professionally,” says Bergh.

*As voted in the Sunday Times Top Brands and Sunday Times Generation Next surveys.”

The dates for the Engen Knockout Challenge are as follows:

Cape Town

Dates: – 30 June – 02 July, 2017

Venue: – Parow Park Sports Complex, Parow Cape Town 

Port Elizabeth

Dates: – 07 – 09 July, 2017

Venue: – Glenville Celtic Sports Complex, Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth

Durban

Dates: – 14 – 16 July, 2017

Venue: – Moses Mabhida Stadium Sports Complex

Bloemfontein

Dates: – 28 – 30 July, 2017

Venue: – Grey College Sports Complex, Bloemfontein

Johannesburg

Dates: – 04 – 06 August, 2017

Venue: – Marks Park Sports Complex, Emmerentia, Johannesburg

The Official hashtags used for the duration of the tournament are: – #EKOC2017, #YourJourneyStartsHere and #EngenSoccer.

Fans can follow the latest news about the Engen Knockout Challenge via the Engen Soccer website and Facebook pages.

For more information visit:

Engen Soccer Website – www.engen.co.za.

Engen Soccer Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/engensoccer/

Issued on 12 June 2017 by Openfield:  On behalf of Engen Petroleum Ltd

For Engen sponsor info, contact:

Mark Meyer

021 448 7777/ 073 269 4727

markm.@openfield.co.za