The competition was launched at the Premier Soccer League offices last week. The 16 PSL clubs will be spilt into four regions – coastal west, coastal east, north and central regions.
Amakhosi are in the central region with Platinum Stars, Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits. The winners in each region will progress to the semi-finals.
Chiefs’ reserve team coach Arthur Zwane says the competition will be a good test for his boys, as they look to get their hands on the title. Zwane won a number of titles as a player and will be looking to lead his youngsters to glory.
“It’s a good initiative,” the former Chiefs winger told the club’s website.
“It’s do-or-die for the teams. You play for winning in this kind of tournament. This will be a good test for the boys. Unlike in the Multichoice Diski Challenge where we focused on performance and development, we will be focusing on performance and results.
“We look forward to the challenge against our opponents. We have played well against them in the MDC league. But, this is going to be a different ball game as only players who are under 23 years old can participate. It will not be easy but we have what takes to win the Shield. We are going to use this tournament to teach winning mentality as enshrined in the Chiefs value system.”