Another thrilling Engen Knockout Challenge concluded on Saturday with Jomo Cosmos FC and Kempton Park Ladies FC claiming national bragging rights and R30 000 winners cheques after downing Ubuntu FC and Shooting Stars FC respectively in the finals at Marks Park in Johannesburg.
The Engen Champ of Champs finals brought to a close a month-long tournament in which 18 teams and 360 young players participated in across the country, leading to 16 teams qualifying for the Engen Champ of Champs.
“Although the nature of competitive sports means that only one team can be declared a winner, all teams participating in the 2021 Engen Knockout Challenge were winners,” commented Bulela Mkandawire, Engen’s Brand and Sponsorship Manager after the final.
The 2021 Engen Knockout Challenge was strictly COVID-19 compliant, and in true alignment with the safety protocols of the pandemic, witnessed a great spirit of resilience and teamwork to keep the participants safe.
Added Mkandawire: “We were also thrilled to see young people come out and participate in the tournament when they could have remained at home. The skills and enthusiasm we witnessed over the course of the event is truly inspiring.
“The past 18 months have been incredibly difficult and stressful for young people who have had their lives completely disrupted. Not only has learning and school taken a new direction, but many have also had to take on additional responsibilities in their homes amidst changing economic conditions and the loss of loved ones.
“We hope that this tournament brought some normality to the lives of participants, and we look forward to the 2022 tournament.”
The prize for the male and female Engen Champ of Champ winners was R30 000 each and R20 000 for the runners up. There were also individual prizes:
· Goalkeeper of the Tournament – Tokollo Makgolane (Jomo Cosmos) and Kgomotso Musimango (Kempton Park Ladies FC)
· Defender of the Tournament – Tonny Mbunga (Ubuntu FC) and Unathi Simayile (RV United)
· Midfielder of the Tournament – Kyle Bailey (Ubuntu FC) and Bryden Mokobi (Kempton Park Ladies FC)
· Striker of the Tournament – Essien Makwarimba (Jomo Cosmos) and Ronnel Dannelly (Shooting Stars)
· Referee of the Tournament – Muazz Do Crat
· Coach of the Tournament – Antonio Trigo (Jomo Cosmos) and Martin Matsitela (Kempton Park Ladies FC)
· Top goal scorer of the Tournament – Tsikiso Moletsane (Junior Birds), Essien Makwarimba (Jomo Cosmos), Asanele Bonani (Chippa United) and Ronnel Dannelly (Shooting Stars)
· Player of the Tournament – Essien Makwarimba (Jomo Cosmos) and Ronnel Dannelly (Shooting Stars)
The talented players who participated in this year’s event were inspired by the following legendary former players and official Engen Knockout Challenge Ambassadors:
· Lebo Motseli
· Reneilwe “Yeye” Letsolonyane
· Stanton Fredericks
· Duncan Crowie
· George Maluleka
· Thabiso Mosia
The 2021 tournament was compliant with the COVID-19 safety protocols with everyone in attendance having had to provide proof of a negative test, no more than 72 hours ahead of the final games. All eliminated teams had to leave the grounds following their matches to reduce the number of people on the field. Officials consistently monitored the wearing of masks, observation of social distance and the constant sanitising of the hands for all those who remained on the field.
|Teams who participated in the 2021 Engen Champ of Champs|
|RV UnitedDikonyela Ladies FCMadibe LadiesJuventus ladies FC||Junior Birds FCChippa United FCJomo Cosmos fcEmmanuel FC|
|Kempton Park Ladies FCShooting Stars FCSisters Ladies FCMadibaz NMU FC||Newcastle United FCTrouble Tigers FCUbuntu Football AcademyFuture Kings FC|