Nedbank Cup officially launched
Posted: 18 February 2014 Time: 10:00
The 2014 Nedbank Cup was launched on Monday evening in Johannesburg as Nedbank re-affirmed its commitment to South African football and its communities.
The Nedbank Cup kicks off on Friday at 20h00 when Ajax Cape Town host Mamelodi Sundowns in an all-Premiership clash, with most of the Last 32 fixtures to be played over the weekend, to be concluded next Wedensday.
Known as South Africa’s own FA Cup, the tournament’s David and Goliath metaphor sees Mzansi’s lower division teams take a shot at football glory by tackling the giants and more established Premier Division clubs.
According to Sydney Mbhele, divisional executive for group marketing at Nedbank, the tournament is in line with the bank’s vision of enabling all South Africans to “Make Things Happen”.
The biggest winners are always the fans, who get to see some spectacular football as their teams go on the hunt for the coveted trophy while their communities benefit through the Goals4Goals campaign in partnership with the Sports Trust.
For every goal scored during this year’s tournament, Nedbank will donate R10 000 towards the building of a R1-million multi-purpose sports court for a school in the country. Last year, Sinamavu Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal were the lucky recipients of the sport facility that encourages and enables children to excel in various sports codes.
An additional 100 schools across the country will receive soccer kits and training equipment worth R1-million. The top goalscorer in each round of the tournament will win R10 000 for himself, plus R10 000 and a soccer kit for a school of his choice anywhere in South Africa.
The award-winning Nedbank Ke Yona Team Search – another innovation introduced by Nedbank last year – will also make a comeback this year. As witnessed in 2013, Nedbank will once again call on amateur soccer players from all walks life to try out for the Nedbank Ke Yona team that will eventually take on the 2014 Nedbank Cup winners and prove that with the right support, anyone can be extraordinary.
“Nobody else has come up with an initiative quite like this, so well done to Nedbank for having the vision to make this happen," said Kyle Davies, left-back for the 2013 Nedbank Ke Yona Team who, along with eight other players, have secured contracts with PSL teams.
"It is something that players from all over the country look out for, because we know it is not easy to make it into the professional ranks. I am sure after the game against Kaizer Chiefs there will be guys who will get a contract in the PSL."