Four teams gathered this weekend with the goal of writing their own fate and grasping the opportunity to join the legacy of past MUPC football greats in a new four-team format.
The recently-hosted regional matches took place in three cities around South Africa, where the top teams were invited to compete to earn their spot at the finals.
After topping the log, Santos FC (Cape Town), Mamelodi Sundowns and Augusto Palacios Academy (Johannesburg), as well as Harmony FC (Bloemfontein), represented their respective cities this weekend during the intensive two-day tournament.
“The MUPC tournament is yet another demonstration of Nike’s commitment to development in football, providing once in a lifetime opportunities for young footballers,” Nike SA Communications Manager Seruscka Naidoo says.
“The winning team, Mamelodi Sundowns have truly played their hearts out and risked everything to win the chance to represent South Africa at the World Finals in Manchester, United Kingdom in early August.”
The MUPC is the only tournament of its kind to afford Under-15 footballers the opportunity to compete at the highest level in professional football, offering players the chance to demonstrate individual talent and teamwork.
Sundowns will join many football greats that have started their careers through the MUPC programme including South Africa’s Thulani Serero, Siboniso Gaxa, Sphele Bhengu, Cyril Mashego, Thulani Ngcepe, as well as international stars like Theo Walcott and Andres Iniesta.
Other recognitions during the MUPC South Africa Finals include Player of the tournament, Mnelisi Mbhele (Mamelodi Sundowns), Top Goalkeeper, Kopano Thutsane (Augusto Palacios Academy) and Top Scorer Ditabe Thabang (Harmony FC)