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Khabba Cup Crowns Two For Joy Champions: Unearthing SA’s Football Future

  • June 9, 2024
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Khabba Cup Crowns Two For Joy Champions: Unearthing SA’s Football Future

Two for Joy emerged victorious in the 2024 Khabba Cup final, defeating Star Pirates 4-2 on penalties after a thrilling 1-1 draw. The electric atmosphere kept spectators on the edge of their seats throughout the championship match.

The Khabba Cup, sponsored by South Africa’s leading sports betting operator, Hollywoodbets, capped off an exciting weekend showcasing top-tier youth football talent. Two for Joy walked away with the coveted R120,000 grand prize, while Star Pirates secured the runner-up position and R50,000.

“I’m incredibly proud of the boys’ commitment that led to this victory,” said an elated Sipho Khoza, coach of Two for Joy. “Huge thanks to Hollywoodbets and all the sponsors and fans who made this event possible. Here’s to the next one!”

Held across King Zwelithini, Glebe, and SJ Smith stadiums in Durban, the Khabba Cup witnessed 36 teams from the SAFA KZN and Eastern Cape regions battle it out in a fierce competition. Founded by former professional player Manqoba Mkhize, the tournament has rapidly become a respected youth development platform attracting scouts nationwide.

The Khabba Cup’s mission is to discover raw talent for the Premier Soccer League (PSL). Now in its third year, the tournament has already produced success stories like Yonnela Mbuthuma, currently playing for Richards Bay FC in the DSTV Premiership.

The event featured additional excitement with curtain-raiser matches between Gospel Stars and Ukhozi FM, as well as a Legends team facing off against Manqoba Mkhize Eleven. Football legends like Steve Lekoelea, Siyabonga Sangweni, Japhet Zwane, Jabu Pule, and Hollywoodbets Brand Ambassador Teko Modise graced the event, adding prestige and fanfare.

Manqoba Mkhize, Khabba Cup Founder: “The Khabba Cup’s growth has been phenomenal. I’m thrilled to make a positive impact on South African football. This tournament creates a platform for dreams to become reality. We’re grateful for Hollywoodbets’ partnership in supporting youth development.”

Menzi Ngcobo, Hollywoodbets Senior Sponsorship Co-ordinator: “Hollywoodbets is proud to be the naming rights sponsor of this prestigious youth development tournament. The Khabba Cup consistently unearths the next generation of football stars. We partner with pioneers like Manqoba Mkhize who share our values of giving young players a chance to excel.”

Tournament Awards

  • Player of the Tournament: Sibani Mtungwa
  • Top Scorer: Mbhobho Ndlovu
  • Coach of the Tournament: TK Khoza
  • Defender of the Tournament: Siphamandla Nzuza
  • Midfielder of the Tournament: Ayanda Nzimande
  • Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Thabiso Zulu

Pictures courtesy of Ayanda Shots

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