Johannesburg - South Africa’s future soccer stars gave it their all at Volkswagen’s 2019 Junior Masters tournament. The Strijdom Park VW boys team and Hatfield VW Melrose girls team, battled it out against many other teams to come out on top for the chance to compete in the world’s largest international youth football tournament.
“There was an excellent display of talent this past weekend amongst the players, which ended in two exciting finals,” said Dean Furman, midfielder for SuperSport United in the Premier League.
The tournament took place this past weekend at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The teams were sponsored by Volkswagen Dealerships from around the country. 16 U/12 boys’ teams and six U/15 girls’ teams went head to head to for the ultimate winning spots.
The winning teams will jet off in July 2020 to the Gothia Cup in Sweden, to represent South Africa. Each year, this international tournament hosts around 1700 teams from 80 countries with 4 500 games played on 110 fields.
The entire trip to Europe will be sponsored by Volkswagen South Africa and is an opportunity for the winners to compete against international rivals.
“Soccer represents unity in South Africa. The Volkswagen Junior Masters Soccer Tournament is a platform for talented boys and girls to not only find sports opportunities, but to create community around one of the country’s most loved game. We are incredibly proud of all of the competitors and can’t wait to see these exceptionally talented teams represent South Africa in the Gothia Cup,” concluded Martina Biene, Head of the Volkswagen Brand.