Junior footballers take centre stage

Junior footballers will be out to showcase their skill and talent at Hartleyvale this weekend at the Lucky Star Cup.

Its all systems go for Kapstadt’s Lucky Star Cup at Hartleyvale stadium this weekend.

This year’s tournament will be graced by PSL giants Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns who were drawn into groups along with clubs from all over the country.

The tournament features under-7s to under-14s.

The Lucky Star Cup, formerly known as the Kapstadt Cup, and proudly presented by FC Kapstadt, is now in its ninth year.

FC Kapstadt president and Lucky Star Cup tournament director Zaid Omar said for many young footballers it would be a dream come true to play against the likes of Chiefs, Sundowns, KZN Academy and Orlando Pirates.

“It’s a proud moment for Cape Town football. Never before has Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs or Mamelodi Sundowns participated in a grassroots football tournament right here in the Mother City,” said Omar.

During the media launch and draw, Omar emphasised that the organisers would take a zero-tolerance approach to abusive language and bad conduct by players, clubs, coaches and spectators alike.

He said the tournament endorsed the Cape Town Tygerberg Football Association’s #PlayandRespect initiative to stamp out poor behaviour at football matches and this would be a theme throughout the tournament.

During the draw, former Bafana Bafana and Manchester United star Quinton Fortune and former Proteas ace JP Duminy also sent video messages of support and both said they would be keeping a keen eye on the tournament.