ETHEKWINI NEWS FLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
9 June 2016
 
2016 Durban Under19 International Football Tournament Teams Revealed
 
The teams participating in the U19 International Football Tournament were revealed on Wednesday, 8 June 2016.
 
The draw for teams competing against each other was also unveiled at the launch held at Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi and are sure to entertain football fans with the excellent level of soccer to be displayed.
 
The tournament will take place from 28 July to 6 August 2016. Group matches will be played at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi and Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, while semi-final matches will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The final match will be played at King Zwelithini Stadium.
 
For the first time in the history of the tournament, Africa will be represented by team TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rounding up the eight participating teams are defending champions Arsenal FC from England, Lamontville Golden Arrows, KZN Academy, Sporting Libson FC from Portugal, South African U19, Scotland’s Rangers FC and Fluminense FC from Brazil.
 
Speaking on behalf of the Mayor James Nxumalo, Councillor Dumisani Ngema said the City was delighted to host the third instalment of the tournament which has grown in popularity among the participating nations.
 
“While the tournament provides a great platform to develop our youth in football it will also assist in building sustainable projects which will leave a legacy. This includes fundraising during this Tournament for the development of the international training centre to be built by the Hoy Park Management. Building is imminent following the completion of all required Council processes,” said Ngema.
 
KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation Chief Director, Vijay Balram said the stellar performance of the KZN Academy team during last year’s tournament proved that KwaZulu-Natal has the potential to produce quality players who can compete against the best in the world.
“The Department has been a partner in this project for the past three years and sees it as the perfect vehicle to harness talent. Through this tournament local players receive invaluable experience by competing against players who are trained in some of the best academies in the world,” said Balram.
 
South African Football Association national executive committee, Kwenza Ngwenya said the annual Tournament has become one of the highlights on the South African football calendar.
 
“The tournament makes a positive contribution to football. Since its inception, it has helped unearth promising talent,” he said.
Luiz Felipe Santos, Head Coach Fluminense FC said participating will be a great experience for the entire delegation.
 
Craig Mulholland, Rangers FC Head of Academy said the team was looking forward to visiting Durban as well as playing against some of the best youth teams in the world.
 
South African U19 National Team Head Coach, Thabo Senong said the Tournament will again expose his team to local and international scouts.
“It will also fast track the players’ levels of competition. We have players like Fagrie Lakay and Nkanyiso Zungu playing in the professional leagues who received exposure while participating in the Tournament,” he said.
 
Mandla Ncikazi from Lamontville Golden Arrows said he was excited about taking part in the Tournament as it provides an opportunity for players to gain invaluable experience.
 
Ends
 
Issued by the Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament Media and Marketing Committee and eThekwini Municipality.
For more information members of the media can contact Municipal spokesman Thulani Mbatha on 031 311 4820 or email: thulani.mbatha1@durban.gov.za or Princess Nkabane on 031 311 4818 or princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za
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