THE THIRD installment of the ET Radebe Schools Tournament, in honour of Emily Radebe, the late mother of South African football icon Lucas Radebe makes its return.
It is scheduled to take place at Diepkloof Zone 4 grounds, Saturday 28 July 2018.
The tournament, which takes place at the venue that was the breeding grounds for players such as Radebe, John “Shoes” Moshoeu, Benedict Vilakazi and Teko Modise to name a few, will see eight secondary schools from Soweto – seven from Diepkloof and one from Meadowlands – compete for honours in a straight knockout format in both the soccer and netball codes.
Lucas Radebe, the founder of the ET Radebe Schools Tournament said: “I’m delighted to be doing this tournament for the third year in a row as I continue where my mother left off in intensifying interest and participation in sport among the local youth as well as continue to revive school’s sports in Soweto.
School’s sport still contributes to the early development of an athlete’s career and we want to keep it alive unearthing new soccer and netball talent through initiatives such as the ET Radebe Tournament in our communities.
Gift of the Givers are the tournaments’ main partners for the 2018 edition and they will provide all the learners participating on the day with goodie bags.
Adidas, the technical sponsors of the tournament, will provide match balls and kits to the teams that will reach the semi-finals and test boots throughout the day.
The winning schools in both soccer and netball will receive a floating trophy, medals and sporting equipment for their respective schools, while there will also be individual player awards for outstanding performances in the finals.
The tournament will take place at the Diepkloof Zone 4 Grounds opposite Diepkloof Square.
Besides the sporting action, there will also be activities for grannies in the community as well as live music and entertainment throughout the day.
Matches will be played in a knockout format and are scheduled to kick-off at 9am followed by the semi-finals at midday.
The finals kick-off at 2pm.
Schools participating in the ET Radebe Schools Tournament:
- Madibane Secondary School (Diepkloof)
- Diepdale Secondary School (Diepkloof)
- Bopasenatla Secondary School (Diepkloof)
- Emmaculate Secondary School (Diepkloof)
- Fidelitas Secondary School (Diepkloof)
- Fonsluminas Secondary School (Diepkloof)
- Namedi Secondary School (Diepkloof)
- Meadowlands High School (Medowlands)