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Our Engen KO Challenge 2019 Wrap Up

The Cape Town leg of the Engen Knockout Challenge (EKOC) 2019 took place from the 26th – 28th July 2019 and was hosted by Wanderers FC of the Langa LFA.

The EKOC is in its 17th year and the Wanderers FC and tournament LOC must be congratulated on hosting an efficient and well-organized event, extinguishing any pre-tournament concerns about the ability to do so.

Results at the end of day 1 were an early indication that the local football landscape is changing as the traditional LFA clubs were no pushovers to the more resourced academy teams.
Wynberg St Johns had a good tournament and was victorious in their first 2 matches against the more fancied Ulana Academy and Cape Town City sides.

The Maitland based FN Rangers also turned a few heads when they held Hellenic to a 1-1 draw and later Cape Umoya to a goalless draw. Against Cape Umoya, Rangers were brave enough to use their defenders to start their attack from the back with solid build-up play and both sides saw missed chances but the encounter was entertaining.

Hanover Park gave a good account of themselves reaching the semi-finals of the competition, eventually bowing out to Cape Town City via a penalty shootout. This was preceded by a win against Everton and a 2-2 draw with Stellenbosch FC on day 1.
A 3-1 win against Jomos Power from Atlantis booked their spot in the quarters where they defeated hosts, Wanderers 1-0 to advance to the semis.
The lanky Hanover Park midfielder Carl Keyster was the stand out player displaying his skills and work rate both in defence and attack.

As usual, many opinions and views are shared at tournaments and it was no different this time. The discussions on day 1 were dominated by the lack of football quality on display. The direct approach seemed to be the chosen tactics by the majority with teams trying to win the 2nd ball whilst others stuck to their style of play.

A confession by one of the coaches who took part in the tournament was that he chose to follow the “long ball” route in his first match but reverted to his team’s passing game in his following game where they won and the players had a more enjoyable experience.

Tournaments in Gauteng are often seen as a step up because they are slightly different to what we normally experience in Cape Town. The Gauteng tournaments often have more teams who enjoy passing the ball and keeping it on the deck.
Appropriate then that the Cape Town winner, Ubuntu, was one of the teams who displayed mostly attractive football and they will be representing the province at the national event.

There might be a difference of opinion with regards to the game plans of coaches but there was an agreement with the attendees that the quality of the players were noticeable. Each match had at least a player from either side who displayed their ability and skill level to impress spectators.

To sum it up, the EKOC 2019 was a success and what’s left to do now is wish Ubuntu Football Academy all the best for the Champs of Champs in Gauteng.


This is how the teams ended.
1. Ubuntu Football
2. Cape Town City
3. Stellenbosch FC
4. Hanover Park FC
5. Hellenic
6. Ajax Cape Town
7. Bayview FC
8. Wanderers FC
9. Cape Umoya
10. Everton
11. JL Zwane
12. Wynberg St Johns
13. FN Rangers
14. Ulana Academy
15. Santos
16. Jomos Power


Engen KO Challenge – 2019

The Engen Knockout Challenge 2019 to unleash a new generation of stars

South Africa’s leading youth football tournament, the Engen Knockout Challenge is set to unleash a new generation of stars when the 2019 edition kicks-off on 21 June in Port Elizabeth.

Now in its 17th year, the Engen Knockout Challenge comprises five regional tournaments. These will be staged in June and July starting in Port Elizabeth, moving on to Durban, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg, before the final leg in Cape Town.

*The award-winning tournament has produced more than 190 players who have gone on to play the “Beautiful Game” at the highest level both nationally and internationally.

David Notoane’s under-23 squad to play Angola for a place at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, includes 18 players who competed in the Engen Knockout Challenge earlier in their careers.

Lyle Foster of South Africa challenged by Hadji Wali of Malawi during the 2019 African Cup Of Nations U20 Qualifier match between South Africa and Malawi at the Moruleng Stadium, Rustenburg on 15 July 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

EKOC Alumni include the likes of Lyle Foster (AC Monaco, France)‚ Tasreeq Matthews (Borussia Dortmund, Germany), Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Leo Thethani (Ajax Amsterdam), Luther Singh (GD Chaves, Portugal), Teboho Mokoena and Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Magerman (Ajax Cape Town), Siyabonga Ngezana and Reeve Frosler (both Kaizer Chiefs).

The Engen Knockout Challenge has not only positively influenced the lives of many of the players. The tournament also nurtures future administrators, team managers, match officials, physios and many more.

“This is why the Engen Knockout Challenge is a tournament that is about More Than Football, and goes beyond the white lines of the football pitch,” comments Bulela Mkandawire, Engen’s Brand & Sponsorship Manager. “It is about giving the players a stage to showcase their talent and possibly change the course of their lives and of their loved ones, while also inspiring the people in the communities from which they come.”

As a company, Engen is committed to skills development. This is done in various ways, including: a bursary scheme, a graduate development programme, learnership and apprenticeship programmes, and a computer school in South Durban, which teaches local residents basic computer literacy. They also support maths and science education via the Engen Maths and Science Schools, which provide supplementary classes to learners in Grades 10-12 at nine centres across South Africa.

Action from the game between Ajax Cape Town (red) and Grassy Park United (blue) during day 2 of the 2016 Engen Knockout Challenge at Parow Park, Cape Town on the 16 July 2016 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

The 2019 Engen Knockout Challenge welcomes two new host clubs, as well as a new logo and trophy.

The two new host clubs are Wanderers FC, who play their football under the banner of the Langa LFA in Cape Town, and Bloemfontein Celtic FC, a giant of the local football scene and a club that needs no introduction to football fans.

The other host clubs are Glenville Celtic FC (Port Elizabeth), Amazulu FC (Durban) and Wits AFC (Johannesburg).

“June and July will see fans across five different regions enjoy the best South African youth football, with the Engen Knockout Challenge continuing its proud tradition of unearthing the next generation of football stars,” adds Mkandawire.

Tournament Date:
Cape Town: Langa Sports Complex 26 – 28 July 2019