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The 2020 Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge has been officially cancelled, in line with government directives that limit large gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The month-long tournament, hosted by the Soweto Football Association in partnership with Discovery, has produced professional players such as Mamelodi Sundowns striker Sibusiso Vilakazi, Banyana Banyana and SD Eibar striker Thembi Kgatlana, Banyana Banyana and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Andile Dlamini and Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo. The Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge generally kicks off in December, and the 2020 tournament would have been its 18th edition.
“Every year, we look forward to this event as a powerful platform to promote local sports, encourage active lifestyles, and give young soccer stars a chance to compete,” mentioned Head of Experiential Marketing at Discovery, Iona Maclean. “However, given Discovery’s core purpose to enhance and protect lives, we have a responsibility to take appropriate and necessary precautions, and cancel this year’s tournament.”
The Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge plays a significant role in developing soccer in South Africa, added Soweto Football Association general secretary Peter Thuntshane.
“Every year, we look forward to this event as a powerful platform to promote local sports, encourage active lifestyles, and give young soccer stars a chance to compete. While this will not be the case in 2020, we hope that things will return to normal next year, and that we can welcome you back onto the field once again to celebrate the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge.”
Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News