South Africa brings mixed opinions in the international realm of football, or soccer as we call it here in Africa. What’s often an overlooked or unknown fact is that a number of international soccer stars catapult themselves to success through the annual Durban U19 Football Tournament. Aspiring professional soccer players gather from all corners of the globe to compete in one of the most essential development systems available for young players, today.
Between 27 July and 5 August 2017, eight teams will compete for the championship. This year, the semi-final is set to be hosted at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, with the final showdown taking place in Umlazi. The tournament is set to attract key sporting influences and outstanding networking opportunities for South African players, especially those aiming to play in the Premier Soccer League, or even abroad.
The eight competing teams include local and international hopefuls; young representatives from Brazil, Netherlands and more will be entering the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal to battle it out for glory in the early stages of their potential careers. As excitement builds among teammates, coaches of local clubs have expressed their enthusiasm at exposing their players to talent from around the world, learning, and being able to compete at a much higher level in the process.
In 2016, England’s Arsenal FC took the championship for the second consecutive time. Their defeat of the SA U19 team in a 3-1 gauntlet game was truly a thrilling sight, and this year, SA U19 hope to strike back and keep the championship title at home. Keep an eye out on our page as the tournament edges closer and be sure to go out and support our local soccer stars between 27 July and 5 August.