The tournament will be known as the Danone Nations Cup Sasfa Under-12 tournament
This decision was taken to align South Africa to Groupe Danone’s policy which sees most of the 40 nations that compete in the Danone Nations World Cup, an annual event that takes place in France, run through schools.
The tournament will kick off in April with preliminary rounds taking place in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng and Cape Town. The round robin format will produce winning teams from each region who will go on to compete in the national final in Gauteng.
Thirty two schools have been invited to participate in each Province. Kwa-Zulu Natal will host the inaugural event on April 19 to be followed by Gauteng on May 3, with the final 32 teams in Cape Town competing on May 17.
The four semifinalists from each event will compete for the Danone Nations Cup trophy in Gauteng on May 31. The winning South African team will be flown to France to compete in the prestigious International Danone Nations Cup final from September 5-7.
The Danone Nations Cup is a project very close to the heart of Danone and General Director of Danone Clover South Africa, Mariano Lozano.
“The Danone Nations Cup is a prestigious tournament that is based on four pillars which are openness, fair play, accessibility and passion for the game. But Danone use this opportunity to also educate the youth on the benefits of living a healthy life style and develop good eating habits which will benefit him throughout his life.”
“We also have the pleasure of having ex-Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey onboard as the Danone Nations Cup ambassador to guide the tournament. Neil Tovey has an impressive history in the field of soccer and we look forward to his positive contribution to the Danone Nations Cup this year,” said Lozano.
The 2008 event will take place in three provinces with the plan to role these out over the next two years with the Danone Nations World Cup to be staged in South Africa in 2010.