Extra incentive to play for at Nedbank Grey College Soccer Tournament

Deon Scheepers (Headmaster Grey College), Lehlohonolo Maduna (General Secretary SAFA), Tutu Skosana (Group Sponsorship Manager: Football Properties), Lukas Sekwena (SASFA), and Ludwig Koekemoer (Head of soccer: Grey College). PHOTO: HANNES NAUDE/SPEKTOR PHOTOGRAPHY

The 2016 Nedbank Grey College Soccer Tournament was launched in Bloemfontein last week and, as has become the norm, thrilling football can be expected during the first week of October.

The tournament features 20 of the country’s top school soccer teams from across the country locking horns at Windmill Park at Grey College.

The draw was also done during the launch and just as with the Engen Knockout Tournament, will feature two incredibly tough groups.

Group C features both the 2014 finalists, Brebner High School and Kloof High, as well as the hosts, Grey College.

Thirty players participating in the tournament will win a week-long trip to Barcelona in Spain and will play in three matches as well as possibly going to experience a football match at the iconic Camp Nou.

Grey’s coach, Nick Koupis, told Courant that it is going to be a tough tournament but the extra incentive could raise the standard even more.

“The Nedbank Grey College Soccer Tournament is a tournament we won many, many years ago.

“I think that this year there is more of an incentive for the boys because of the trip to Barcelona in the selection squad.

“I think the boys will definitely pick up the level and standard of the tournament.”

While Grey are the hosts and have home ground advantage, Koupis said that they can’t ensure that they will win, but will give their all.

“I can’t say that we’re going to do well, but we’ll try our best.”

The annual tournament at Grey College takes place from 1 to 4 October.

Group A – The Glen, Robinvale High, Wynberg Boys’ High, Strelizia High, Parktown Boys’ High.
Group B – St David’s, Jeppe High School, Norkem Park, St Peter’s College, Westville Boys’ High.
Group C – Grey College, Brebner High, Kloof High, Victoria Park, Benoni High.
Group D – Sports Academy George, St Andrew’s Grahamstown, King Edward School, Northwood, Waterstone. – MORGAN PIEK