Tournament organisers are expecting strong competition when a host of local clubs compete for the honours in the 45th SPAR Nafa Easter Soccer Festival in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, this weekend.
Starting tomorrow, teams from the U10s to the senior category will square up in a series of matches to see who comes out as top dogs in this popular tournament.
After Sibanye Electrical won the title in their first appearance at the event last year, media liaison officer Vincent Heynes said there would be keen rivalry in the senior division.
He added that they had kept it local this year and had not invited any visiting teams.
“Local teams are always well supported and it tends to generate an enthusiastic atmosphere,” he said.
“With Sibanye Electrical winning the title last year, we believe it will be very competitive as their rivals try to claim the title.”
Among them will be 2016 champions Westlake, Nafa premier league champions Wolves, Nafa Mayoral Cup champions Glenville and Nafa premier league log-leaders Helenvale.
Besides the senior division, the organisers will be hosting teams in age-groups from U10 to U20.
He added that the festival would have an extravaganza of activities at the official opening tomorrow night, including a ride-past by the WINGS Biker club, marching bands and a fireworks display.
This will take place at Gelvandale Stadium, while the matches will be played at the Gelvandale sports fields in Stanford Road. The tournament ends on Monday.
Heynes paid tribute to SPAR’s role as the title sponsor for the third year.
“Since SPAR’s fantastic support, the event has been rebranded as an Easter Soccer Festival as opposed to being a tournament.
“The reason for this is that this is a family event, including entertainment for all family members.”