After weeks of hard work and determination shown by amateur clubs throughout the country, it finally boiled down to one winner: Untouchables from KZN.
This is after outsmarting the courageous First Team (from Tembisa) 4-2 to book their seats to the global KIA Champs to be held in Poland on June 28, 2012.
Only 25 amateur teams from all over the country will be participating in the finals.
The Untouchables would try and emulate last year’s winners’ Soweto Scorpions who won the showpiece in Argentina.
Speaking exclusively to SOWETOLIFE MAGAZINE ONLINE, the Marketing Manager at KIA SA- David Sieff, said they’re looking forward to another exciting football to be dished out by our locals at the finals in Poland.
“We pride ourselves on our teams for; they have represented us well and winning the tourney last year. This goes to show that indeed, SA has an abundance of talent which needs to be nurtured and developed to benefit football in this country.
For us, this is part of return on investments for KIA SA because this allows us to consider this kind of sport which is played globally by all races. Football is a unifying sport and this falls within the policies of our company,” says the jubilant Sieff, who also took part in the media against KIA officials’ game which they went on to win.
The lesser said on the outcome of the score the better for all…
Asked whether they keep track on the team which previously won the tourney, Sieff said by virtue of the club being an amateur they do not since this is not a professional side.
Next year’s showpiece will be held in Brazil as part of preparing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Meanwhile, former Bafana goal-minder Andre Arendse, who is the KIA Ambassador, is unhappy with the latest results of Bafana.
Pouring his heart out the lanky ‘keeper who was manning the poles during the media game and conceded two goals courtesy of yours truly, said the performance of the team is questionable since there’s no consistency and balance.
“To be honest, the whole team needs serious overhauling and that should happen now before our next World Cup qualifier game in September.
Look, if we have to make radical changes to the team, let it be. Players’ morale seems to be at its lowest and this could dearly boil down to the fans that are eager for results.
We could have easily gone passed through our opponents but that was not to be.”
On whether his services as an added member to the technical team would be could be required if asked, the unassuming Arendse said he’s always ready to help his country repair the dented image.