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Durban’s Prestigious Khabba Cup Back To Unearth Talent

  • May 27, 2024
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Durban’s Prestigious Khabba Cup Back To Unearth Talent

The highly anticipated Khabba Cup, a renowned Durban kasi tournament, returns bigger and better in June 2024.

This player development platform provides a launchpad for talented footballers from lower divisions to reach the topflight PSL.

Tournament Details:

  • Dates: 8 & 9 June 2024
  • Venues: King Zwelithini Stadium, King Zwelithini Stadium Outer Fields, Glebe, and Wema
  • Teams: 32 divided into eight groups of four
  • Prize Money: R120,000 for the winner

Unearthing Local Gems:

Established in 2022 by former South African U-20 midfielder Manqoba Mkhize, the Khabba Cup has a proven track record of nurturing talent. Ahead of last season, the tournament saw Richards Bay FC acquire Yanela Mbuthuma, who scored the winning goal in their final match against Stellenbosch FC in thee DStv Premiership match at King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday that saw them qualify for PSL promotion and relegation playoffs.

The Khabba Cup has also been a springboard for players like Cebo Mchunu (2023 Player of the Tournament) and Samkelo Maseko, who signed with Orlando Pirates. JDR Stars secured four players – Samkelo Fumaniso, Sphamandla Gwele, Athini Maqokolo, and Thabiso Mtshali. Siyabonga Nzama joined Milford FC.

Mkhize’s Vision & Growth:

Mkhize, a veteran of the 1997 FIFA U-20 World Cup with Shakes Mashaba’s squad, expressed his satisfaction with the tournament’s growth: “Reaching the final guarantees R120,000 and three kits for the team. The Khabba Cup’s progress amazes me, considering some tournaments started earlier. But our vision, supportive staff, and media backing make the difference.”

Joma Sports Sponsorship:

Joma Sports, the SADC region director Mpho Mngomezulu, plays a crucial role by providing kits for all participating teams. Joma currently sponsors Richards Bay and previously partnered with AmaZulu and the 2018 Nedbank Cup champions, Free State Stars.

Mngomezulu on the Tournament’s Purpose:

“Our primary goal is to identify young talent from local and outlying teams,” stated Mngomezulu. “This is undeniably happening, and the tournament continues to flourish. Let’s all unite and support each other with integrity.”

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