South Africa’s most prestigious youth tournament
Showcasing young talent across the Country
First staged in 2003, the Engen Knockout Challenge has grown into arguably South Africa’s most prestigious development football tournament, with six regional tournaments staged annually, culminating in the Engen Champ of Champs in which the respective regional winners compete for national bragging rights.
The highly successful Engen Knockout Challenge for young men continues to go from strength-to-strength and showcases South Africa’s best young footballers to top local and international scouts. It is indeed fitting and a real game-changer to introduce women to the tournament in order to give exposure to the incredible female talent available in the country.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown restrictions, the inaugural Engen Knockout Challenge will only take place in 2021 at dates still to be announced.
While it is unfortunate that we are unable to physically host the Engen Knockout Challenge this year, we are extremely excited that in 2021 the tournament, under-18 for men and under-20 for women, will take place nationally in a round-robin and knockout format.
In order to alleviate the disappointment of not being able to physically host the Engen Knockout Challenge this year, Engen will host a series of online educational sessions, featuring some of the biggest names in the game to highlight Engen’s commitment to caring for the communities in which it operates.
THE LINE UP
Wednesday, 23 September
The role of a coach/developing and identifying talent
Pitso Mosimane – Mamelodi Sundowns Head Coach
Wednesday, 30 September
Preparing a team for a tournament e.g EKOC/ Motivating your team
Simphiwe Dludlu – U17 Basetsana Head Coach
Wednesday, 7 October
Moments of the game and team tactics
Gavin Hunt – Bidvest Wits FC