Birds host Sakhabanqobi tourney

Plans for the staging of the third annual Sakh'abanqobi (meaning - creating winners) Youth Tournament, are well on track, hosts Moroka Swallows FC announced on Wednesday afternoon.

"We have scaled the teams down to 24 entries, although we did want it to be maximum of 16 but due to public demand we decided to increase the total to 24 clubs," Michelle Varner, Marketing and Events Manager at Swallows, told the club's official website.

Varner confirmed that there had been a phenomenal response to the tournament.

"We had a very good response from teams wishing to participate, but as we said it was on a first-come-first-served basis.

"We had our full quota long before the closing date for applications."

Junior teams from Castle Premiership sides Mamelodi Sundowns, SuperSport United, Silver Stars and Swallows have been seeded in each of the four groups.

The 'Junior Birds' are the current title-holders and are expected to put up a strong performance at the annual competition.

Varner also confirmed that prizes will be awarded to the top Goal-Scorer, Goalkeeper and Player of the Tournament.

Monetary prizes for the four top sides are as follows:

Winners: R12,000
Runners-up: R8,000
Third place: R4,000
Fourth place: R2,000

The organisers have also lined-up a range of entertainment activities for the fans.

Regular updates on the Sakh'abanqobi Tournament can be found on the Moroka Swallows website:

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- SuperSport are 'kings' of Pretoria
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- PSL, PA Sport launch media service
- 'Downs face red-hot 'Matsatsantsa'?
- Chiefs condemn 'unsavoury fans'
- Cape Town ready for Homeless WC
- Chiefs to face PSL wrath?
- David - 'Focus on Tshwane derby'

Sunday, September 24
SAA Supa 8 Semi-final
Swallows v Kaizer Chiefs
Venue: ABSA Stadium

Saturday, September 30
Castle Premiership
Ajax v Moroka Swallows
Venue: Newlands Stadium

Sunday, October 15
Castle Premiership
Moroka Swallows v Cosmos
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, October 22
Castle Premiership
Arrows v Moroka Swallows
Venue: King Zwelithini

Sunday, September 17
Castle Premiership
0-0 vs Benoni P. United
Venue: Meadowlands Stadium

Wednesday, September 13
Castle Premiership (POSTPONED)
Moroka Swallows vs Orlando Pirates
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Sunday, September 10
Castle Premiership
1-0 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Saturday, August 26
Castle Premiership
0-2 vs Black Leopards
Venue: Thohoyandou Stadium

Sunday, August 20
SAA Supa 8 Q/F
2-1 vs Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

Will Moroka Swallows win the SAA Supa 8?