18 November 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Soccer fans urged to support 2018 Maize Cup

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 11 july 2018

Soccer lovers are encouraged to come out in their numbers to support of the 2018 Maize Cup tournament that takes place on Saturday, 14 July, at the James Motlatsi Stadium in Orkney near Klerksdorp.
The Maize Cup is a one-day, pre-season tournament that was launched in July 2015 by Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government. Originally known as the Maize Triangle Challenge, it was launched in partnership with the maize-producing provincial governments of Free State and Mpumalanga, but only Bokone Bophirima continued with the tournament after the first year.
Four clubs that include defending champions, Kaizer Chiefs, Chippa United and ABC Motsepe League side Buya Msuthu and Free State Stars will be taking part in the tournament.
MEC for Education and Sport Development, Sello Lehari, said government would be availing about 4000 free tickets to ensure that the stadium is full.
“This tournament will benefit the local economy as there will be people selling food, transporting fans and providing accommodation. The games are also in celebration of the legacy that Tata Nelson Mandela has left us because he said sport is a unifier of nations. Through the tournament, we will be bringing more than 20 000 people together. An ABC Motsepe League team will be part of the games and their players will have an opportunity to be seen by talent scouts,” said Lehari.
Kaizer Chief’s boss, Bobby Motaung. said the Maize Cup is about bringing communities together. 
“This tournament is important because it will bring four provinces together. It also forms part of our preparations for the coming seasons. There will also be an opportunity to transfer technical skills between the different teams, which is very important for football”. 
Motaung encouraged fans to not get involved in vandalism of infrastructure if their teams lose the game. 
“Sport is all about having fun and entertainment, not fighting. We encourage all our supporters to be on their best behavior and support this initiative from government,” he said. 
Chippa United FC midfielder, Mark Mayambela, said the Maize Cup is an opportunity to test teams’ preparations for the coming season.
“The tournament is a great opportunity to test how far we are in terms of preparations for the league. We are already in our third week of preparations and now our new players will see if they are ready to compete in the Absa Premiership,” said Mayambela.
The 2018 Maize Cup was launched at the Carousel Resort last week. A draw of the fixtures was done on the evening and this is how the games will go:
Kaizer Chiefs will start the games against Buya Msuthu and in the afternoon Chippa United will go up against Free State Stars. The winners in the two games will play each other in the final.