The Gauteng Champion of Champions is a unique tournament which presents an opportunity to test all-out attack and provide great entertainment, according to Wits Coach Gavin Hunt.
For the second year in a row the Gauteng Provincial Government hosted South Africa’s one-of-a-kind football tournament, opting to stage its pre-tournament press conference at the GSC’s Sports House conference facility in Doornfontein on November 10.
The tournament, which featured three Premier Soccer League clubs in reigning champions, SuperSport United , the 2016 Nedbank Cup Champions; Bidvest Wits, the 2016 MTN 8 Champions; and Highlands Park, the NFD Playoff Champions in a round robin competition.
In attendance were SuperSport United assistant coach Kaitano Tembo; Highlands Park coach Gordon Igesund; and Wits Coach Gavin Hunt.
Hunt said: “This tournament comes at the right time where the team is in good space. It is quite a unique tournament and will force us to go for an all-out attack as much as our opposition will be coming at us. We look forward to a great afternoon of football,” said Gavin Hunt.
The second edition of the tournament made a return to the Tsakane Stadium, in Brakpan, and took place on 13 November. Fans were treated to a full day of football action by the three clubs. The teams participated in a high-paced 45 minute round robin playoff competition. Supersport United defended their title accumulating the most points over the three games.
Secretary General of GSC Yassen Lombard said the tournament is not only a treat for football fans but also benefits the community.
“Our role is to facilitate sport in the province and we are only too happy to play a part in taking sport to the people. We believe such initiatives will play a big role in motivating people to participate in sport. This tournament brings football to the township and supports charity organizations in the area.”
He says the GSC is proud to be associated with the Champion of Champions tournament and with professional football teams and looked forward to hosting more such events.
“We are continually trying to improve our offering to the sports community of the province and therefore have done as much as we can to be able to host and facilitate sports gatherings at our Sports House. We therefore look forward to hosting many more events here,” he said.