Play your way to France with KIA Champ into the Arena

–       South African launch of global amateur 5-a-side soccer tournament

–       One winning team to play in Champ into the Arena World Finals in France during UEFA Euro 2016 in July 2016


(DISCOVERY SOCCER PARK, Johannesburg) – In conjunction with its global partnership to FIFA and as one of the main sponsors of the 2016 UEFA EURO 2016™ in France, KIA Motors South Africa has successfully launched of the fifth instalment of its exciting annual KIA Champ into the Arena amateur football tournament.


Every four years, KIA distributors from all over the world host this exciting soccer tournament in their respective markets in search of the best amateur football team. The winning team from each country then moves on to the Champ into the Arena World Finals, where they get the opportunity to compete against the winning sides from other participating countries for the ultimate glory of being crowned global champions. With France as this year’s host country, one can expect to see participating nations such as Colombia, Chile, Peru, Jordan, North Iran, Brazil and Argentina competing.


The night time regional tournaments will consist of two tournaments per region with 16 teams competing per day for a place in the national final. Key tournament dates are 29 & 30 April at Discovery Soccer Park (Wanderers Club, Illovo) in Johannesburg, 13 & 14 May at Montague Action Indoor Arena (Montague Gardens) in Cape Town and 20 & 21 May at Stella Action Soccer Arena (Glenwood) in Durban. The national finals will be held at Discovery Soccer Park on 28 May. The tournament is for all players over the age of 18 with each team limited to entering six players (five players and one reserve).


“This tournament is certainly a highlight for us and moving the action into the evening will no doubt be more inviting for friends and families to join us and spur on the soccer spectacular,” says David Sieff, Marketing Director for KIA Motors South Africa. “The competitiveness, energy and high scoring games result in great crowds, significant entries and, most of all, fun for all those who come to enjoy the beautiful game. The standard of soccer is most impressive as not only does the winning team go on to represent KIA Motors South Africa, and indeed their country, during the finals in France, but they also benefit from a once in a lifetime hospitality experience, including the thrill of attending a match at EUFA EURO 2016™.”


Campaign ambassadors Moeneeb Josephs and Oupa Manyisa were present at the launch on 20 April 2016 at Discovery Soccer Park, along with coach of the winning KIA Champ into the Arena 2016 national team, Gavin Hunt. Hunt will fine tune the national winners in the weeks leading up to the global finals, ensuring that the team steps up their training, technical skills and execution.


“With a total of 180 action-packed matches to be played, we’re bound to see only the best of the best reach the national finals come 28 May,” says three-time PSL Championship winning coach, Gavin Hunt. “I am delighted to be the coach of the winning team as we prepare for the global finals in France – we certainly will take our duties most seriously as there’s no doubt that we can be very competitive.”


Adding additional spice to the events will be live local DJ’s from Soul Candi, including hugely popular house DJ Ricardo da Costa, at both the launch as well as the national final. Fans are also encouraged to visit KIA Motors Fourways on the morning of 23 April and partake in several fun football competitions. The winner will take home a once in a lifetime VIP local soccer experience.


Entries will close one week before each of the regional tournaments, with teams being notified of their places the Monday before the tournament. Teams that enter will go through a selection process to ensure that only the best teams in the country are on display for their chance to represent KIA South Africa in France. The tournament is expected to be oversubscribed so teams are encouraged to enter early should they fancy their chances.


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My MTN8 – Video Please vote on 083 123 6868

South Africa’s oldest football cup competition is around the corner. MTN8 is coming your way in August and what better to way to kick-start the festivities than with choosing a song that will be chanted during this year’s MTN8 Wafa Wafa football tournament.

Please vote on 083 123 6868

Vote For Your MTN8 Muso – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse 0831236868

Vote For Your MTN8 Muso – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse 0831236868

My Song Shikisha could be the MTN8 THEME for this season please vote on 083 123 6868

South Africa’s oldest football cup competition is around the corner. MTN8 is coming your way in August and what better to way to kick-start the festivities than with choosing a song that will be chanted during this year’s MTN8 Wafa Wafa football tournament.
The process began when an official invite was sent to record companies to submit unique songs that would capture the spirit of the MTN8 tournament. After a gruelling judging process, we’ve managed to decide on a top 8, but we call upon you Mzansi to help us choose the best of the best.
The winning song needs fuel players’ passion for their team and the game of football itself. With this in mind, the selection criteria for songs ranged from a soccer theme, cultural identity, artistic execution, and melody and entertainment value.
The judging panel was made up of various experts in entertainment such as SAMA’s CEO Nlanhla Sibisi, House and Radio DJ Glen Lewis, record label owner and music producer Petro Stathoussis, YOLO board member Siyabonga “Slikour” Metane, Lynette Davis of LLJ Productions, and music and PR specialist Lerato Sengadi. Judging for the final 8 took place over a two-day period and was quite a difficult task, but we trust you’ll be pleased and excited to see who made the final cut.
The ultimate Last Muso Standing will be announced at the launch of the MTN8 competition at the end of July and walk away with a R 250 000 cash prize including iPad Mini‘s courtesy of MTN.
The choice is in your hands Mzansi! Each musician has been allocated a unique number that you can dial to cast your vote. Voting lines open on Wednesday 10th July and close at midnight on Friday, 26th July 2013. Plus, the more you vote, the better your chances of winning a home entertainment system worth a whopping R70 000.
Without further ado, we proudly present the top 8 musicians chosen by our judges.

Musician Track Title Voting Line
DJ Clock Mahamba Yedwa MTN8 083 123 6861
Razokutt MTN8 Anthem 083 123 6862
Oskido, Professor, Busiswa & Zulu Wafa Wafa 083 123 6863
Shugasmakx & Kwesta Hola H8 MTN8 083 123 6864
Soweto’s Finest & DJ Mshega MTN8 Nazo 083 123 6865
Cruz featuring SK line MTN8 Happy Song 083 123 6866
The Mahotella Queens featuring Zamo & Brickz Gazette (Kazet) 083 123 6867
Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse Shikisha 083 123 6868

If you’re hungry for more on each of these musicians, you can also watch their videos, download each of their MTN8 Anthem songs (and CallerTunez), by visiting MTN Play.

JAZZ: African Nations Cup, tributes | Arts & Entertainment | BDlive

ONE interesting aspect of the African Nations Cup is how it profiles not only South African sport, but our culture, via its opening and closing ceremonies. Though torrential rain truncated Saturday’s opening, we saw enough to raise sharp questions about choices made in 2010, which shoved South African sounds to the margins.

Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse has been heating up rain-sodden stadium shows since his teens.

He did it again on Saturday with Shikiza: an old song but a very good one that had the whole crowd dancing, rainstorms or no. Perhaps they simply wrote more infectious songs back in the 1980s; more likely, the song had a greater effect in contrast to the formulaic flaccidity of the composed-by-the-yard corporate muzak that surrounded it.

via JAZZ: African Nations Cup, tributes | Arts & Entertainment | BDlive.

On the Couch is 10 years old this year on Heart 104.9fm

Take Tapfuma Makina and Heart 104.9FM on a Saturday morning. Add Martin Myers and someone known only as Flapper and you have On The Couch, a witty and crazy sports-themed show.

What started as merely a three-minute good idea over 10 years ago has grown into an hour of laughs, non-facts and food for thought.

Initiated by Myers and then Saturday on-air DJ the late Az Abrahams back in 2003, Heart 104.9 soon realised that there was such a thing as power in numbers, and Flapper joined the team.

On the Couch

On the Couch

Today the passionate and sports mad trio — an accountant, a music industry veteran and a music DJ — make for fun radio.

From just after 8am through to the phone lines light up and Heart listeners get to tackle the fanatical Flapper, referee Tapfuma and the ever-controversial Martin on everything from try-lines to transformation.

Tapfuma is soccer and Arsenal mad, Myers follows suit with his unashamed love of the All Blacks, whilst Flapper can’t be challenged on his cricket and golf knowledge.

Everything about On The Couch is entirely off the cuff and therein lies its spontaneity and in turn its success. With Tapfuma keeping the lines open throughout the show and a little bit of music to dilute the talk, the subject matter is relevant to the sports issues of the day — a mixture of good clean fun and addressing controversial issues.

With international sport well covered, these three wise men are hungry to expose and celebrate the best of what the country has to offer in up-and-coming talent and teams, no matter what the sport or discipline.

The trio don’t play by the rules, only because they spend more time on the bench than on the field, making On The Couch everything but formatted — instead it’s fun, entertaining and downright silly at times.

Lucas Radebe left Kaizer Chiefs to sign for Leeds United Football Club in 1994 we talk to him on HEART 104.9FM On Sat at 8.30am -tune in

Lucas Radebe is indeed a South African of note. He has a remarkable record of sporting achievement as a soccer player in Africa and Europe. In addition he has made and continues to make a major contribution as a leader beyond the soccer field, with major involvement in anti-racism projects, community work and literacy projects.


Mr. Radebe grew up in Diepkloof, Soweto, in a rather modest house with his 10 brothers and sisters and mom and dad., during a very difficult time in the history of South Africa. Hi talent for soccer was evident from an early age and to this talent he added commitment that allowed him to scale the sporting heights that he has. A favourite son of Kaizer Chiefs, Leeds United and the South African National Team, he earned international; respect as a great defender and fine athlete. He captained Leeds United in England where he earned huge respect from the football fraternity, led South Africa to the 1998 soccer world cup and by the 2002 World cup (where he once again captained his country) he had earned 69 caps as a member of the South African National Team. Mr. Radebe through his success, has in fact opened up more opportunities for other players from Africa.   

                                                            – University of Cape Town graduation, June 2005


Regarded almost unanimously as the jewel in the Elland Road crown, Leeds United’s former skipper Lucas Radebe was arguably the best defender to have pulled on a Leeds shirt since the Revie era.

No wonder then, that former boss David O’Leary’s wish list to the board when he succeeded George Graham as manager in October 1998, included as a priority the desire to secure the South African at Elland for the rest of his career. With that in mind, the Irishman was delighted when Lucas agreed a new four year deal in December of the same year.

Radebe’s reading of the game and subsequent frequent last ditch saving tackles, along with his ability to smother opposition danger men as a top class man to man marker distinguish him from run of the mill Premiership defenders.

George Graham, a man not given to gushing praise unless it was thoroughly deserved, said of Lucas when appointing him captain for the 1998/99 season:
“It shows the confidence I have in him and how much I rate him.”

It was also noticeable that of all the players George Graham inherited from Howard Wilkinson the first one given a new long term contract was Lucas, which led to jokes in the dressing room that Lucas was in fact George’s long lost son!!!

Only lengthy injury problems denied him the chance to make his mark in his first two years in England, however thereafter he gave a number of years of impressive performances and finally gained recognition of being as a good a defender as there is in the Premier League.

Having participated in Bafana Bafana’s victory in the African Nations Cup Finals in 1996, Lucas then had the honour to lead his nation into their first ever World Cup finals in 1998.

Despite noises from Italy and leading Premiership clubs Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer of 2000, Radebe pledged to see out his career at Elland Road.


David O’Leary said: “Lucas should be set in stone and never allowed to leave!”

The following season was a stop start affair as Radebe struggled with a series of injuries, but the South African was a vital member of the Leeds squad and had a burning desire to lift a trophy in Leeds colours before hanging up his boots.

The 2001/02 season was another nightmare for the likeable South African who failed to make a single appearance, but amazingly it ended with him leading his country in the 2002 World Cup after he proved his fitness at the end of the campaign.

Now the holder of a record number of caps for his nation, he scored in Bafana Bafana’s defeat by Spain and has recently retired from both International and club football to pursue a number of post career options including football development and social responsibility projects.


Off the field …


Lucas Radebe left the South African football team, Kaizer Chiefs to sign for Leeds United Football Club in 1994 and has never looked back. He is known as the jewel in the crown at Elland Road, and ‘Chief’ amongst his team-mates.  As well as being a distinguished and skilful defender for the Premier League Club, he is South Africa’s most recognised sportsman having had the privilege of leading the South African national team for a number of years including in two World Cup finals (1998 & 2002).

Since joining Leeds United from Kaiser Chiefs in September 1994, Lucas has been the focal point of award winning education and anti-racism schemes that have tackled social inclusion problems in inner city Leeds as well as in his native South Africa.

In South Africa he is a national Hero and many children and families support Leeds United because of his amazing success. Lucas was Captain for Leeds United from 1998 to 2002, a rare honour for a South African footballer to captain a then leading Premiership team. Nelson Mandela visited Leeds a couple of years ago and Lucas attended a welcome lunch. Mr Mandela when speaking of how pleased he was to be in Leeds enthused “It is nice to see my hero again, Lucas Radebe”. Not bad for a lad who grew up in apartheid rule in his hometown of Soweto and originally set his sights on becoming a doctor.

It is this tough background plus a tremendous amount of courage and commitment that has propelled him to become one of the most inspirational and likeable characters you could ever meet.  Lucas’s trademark wherever he goes is his smile, it is truly infectious and children in particular warm to him instantly.  As well as his love of football his greatest love is children.  Lucas recognizes how lucky he is living the life of a professional footballer but not once has he ever taken it for granted.  He gives up his time and support tirelessly for the charity that he wholeheartedly supports, SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa and regularly goes back to visit whenever his schedule permits.

Lucas is also an ardent supporter of the Leeds United Community Programme based at Elland Road and regularly visits projects the club is working on.  In particular he is fantastic in using his own experiences in working with children on the fight against racism within football and society.  Lucas has a knack of getting key important messages across to children and adults and helping to make the world a safer and nicer place for people of all race and cultures to live in.

Lucas being a keen reader himself, has been heavily involved in the Leeds United Book Challenge, launched four years ago, that aimed to use the power of football to encourage children and adults who may not normally be interested in reading to become members of their local library. The campaign was a massive success, winning the Big Issue Difference Award for a medium sized business, and inspired 12,000 people of all ages to read an extra 500,000 books during the project.


Last season he continued his support for improving literacy standards by launching the 442 reading clubs, a project run across libraries in Leeds to encourage families to attend a 442 reading club at their local library.  He has since visited one of the clubs set up as a result of that launch at Chapeltown library in Leeds.

Radebe has also played a major role in the Leeds United Against Racism Schools Project that has encouraged children to develop strategies to tackle racism within the classroom, the school and the local community.

Working as South Africa’s ambassador for the FIFA SOS Children’s Villages Campaign, Lucas has dedicated much of his time to hosting development coaching clinics and social responsibility programmes in deprived villages AROUND South Africa. Amongst his numerous appearances for charity, he also has been involved in Starfish, a charity that attempts to tackle the problems of Aids in Southern Africa, as well as The Laureus Sports for Good Foundation where he was recently instilled as a trustee of the Laureus Trust, an organization that uses sport as a rehabilitating mechanism in various community projects around South Africa and the rest of the world.

Again his friendly and positive nature shines through in these visits making the participants feel proud of themselves and that they are making a positive step for their family’s future.

The proudest moment for Lucas, his family and for those who know him was when the Premier League unveiled him as the winner of the 10 Seasons Awards for Contribution to the Community.  The award which is part of the Premier League’s 10 seasons celebrations which look back on the past decade of top-flight English football, recognises the player who has done most to use his position as a professional footballer to make a difference to people’s lives.


Dave Richards, the Chairman of the Premier League, who sat on the panel to decide the winner of the 10 seasons of the Premiership award said: “There are many people involved in football who do a tremendous amount for their local community who don’t get the credit they deserve, all those short listed for the award are worthy of praise.

“Lucas Radebe has done ample to deserve this accolade and is an example for us all to follow as someone who has not just worked hard for the people of Leeds, but has also found the time and energy to help the communities of his homeland.

Lucas Radebe said: “I am delighted to be the recipient of this award. It is a great honor for me and my family. I could never have guessed when I arrived in England from South Africa to play for Leeds United back in August 1994 that I would enjoy such a wonderful career at such a great football club. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside the Leeds United community department.

“Professional football is under the microscope for many reasons but few people notice the good work that is being done in education and grass roots football by the kind of community-related activities we have at Leeds United and other clubs. I have been fortunate to be involved with our anti-racism, educational, social and charitable initiatives and this award not only reflects my efforts but those of the many people connected with Leeds United.

“For me Football equals Community. I have seen the way our sport has acted as a vehicle for change. Having achieved a level and status as a professional player in the Premier League and in South Africa, means I have been lucky enough to have been in a position to make a difference”



Sport figures from around the world have paid tribute to Lucas Radebe’s achievement.

Sepp Blatter, FIFA President, said: “The following ideals accurately define the values that are to be found in an exemplary football player – Sporting excellence, an outstanding spirit of fair play, dedication and sacrifice in the struggle against all kinds of discrimination, a role model for young people.

“These are only some of the qualities embodied by Lucas Radebe, worthy winner of the FIFA Fair Play Award in 2000 and a shining example of fair play both on and off the field.

“Lucas Radebe, distinguished ambassador for fair play: please accept my sincere congratulations on the 10 Seasons Award for Contribution to the Community and my thanks for your tireless commitment and your invaluable contribution to football.”

Gerhard Aigner, Chief Executive of UEFA, said: “I am delighted to see that the Premier League is not only celebrating its first decade on the pitch, but is also recognising the important role the stars of our game play in using the power of football as a force for good in all of society.

“I would like to congratulate Lucas Radebe on winning the Premier League Award for Contribution to the Community. His efforts in helping local communities in both Leeds and South Africa are a fine example for footballers across Europe to follow.”

Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport, said: “”Lucas Radebe has set a shining example for his fellow professionals in the area of community work. His tireless efforts in the last decade and more help to tackle the image of footballers as people whose only focus is on their pay packets and the high life.

“Lucas has worked in some of the toughest areas in this country and the world, making a special connection with people; helping them to have more complete, enjoyable lives. I am delighted to have the chance to congratulate him on this award. He is a worthy winner.”

Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the PFA said: “Football’s high profile gives our top players the opportunity to be role models not only for their local communities but for society as a whole. Lucas Radebe has been that role model and his contribution to the community has been suitably recognised and is deserving of our most sincere congratulations.”


A great achievement indeed and one that shows the impact Lucas has had on modern day football and on the lives of the many people he has met.


Below are just a few other examples of the projects Lucas has supported and attended both on a personal and a Club level during recent years:-


  • Nominated as South Africa’s best player of the Decade
  • Awarded Kick Off magazine footballer of the decade
  • Was an ambassador for South Africa’s 2006 World Cup Bid
  • Is an ambassador for South Africa’s 2010 World Cup
  • Is Leeds United’s representative for the National Literacy Trust Reading Champion
  • Launched the 442 Family Reading Groups and is involved in marketing the project
  • Involved with Reach For a Dream – Making Kids Dreams become reality.
  • Works within the community of Diepkloof, Soweto, where he was raised
  • Takes part in annual Community Roadshows in South Africa where he visits underprivileged areas on behalf of Discovery Health
  • Appointed as an ambassador for the 2003 Cricket World Cup
  • ** – Was the recipient of the 2000/ 2001 FIFA Fair play award for his contribution to the sport, on and off the field of play.
  • ** – Winner of the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards for Contribution to the Community.  The award which is part of the Premier League’s 10 seasons celebrations which look back on the past decade of top-flight English football, recognises the player who has done most to use his position as a professional footballer to make a difference to people’s lives.
  • Recipient of the 2001 Loyalty Award from the Department of Welfare in South Africa in recognition of his work with SOS Children’s Villages and other charitable causes in South Africa.
  • Regular Personal Visits to Children with Cancer at St James’s Hospital, Leeds
  • Stephen Lawrence Awards Schools Presentation
  • Awarded the honour of lighting the Olympic Torch in South Africa in the recent torch marathon around the world prior to the Athens Olympic games
  • Farnley Park School, Leeds – presented Leeds United Against Racism Award,Mount St Mary’s School, Leeds – presented Leeds United Against Racism Award
  • Involved in the Princes Trust Clock Auction
  • Launched the Leeds United Book Challenge
  • Involved In the Leeds Cares Ball
  • Granted a Testimonial season in the UK by Leeds United Football Club for his long standing service to the club
  • Awarded a masters in social science by the University of Cape Town
  • Awarded a masters in social science by Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Was 1 of 8 Players worldwide to conduct the draw for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
  • Awarded SA Sports Personality of the year 2005

The REAL – South Africa on a Sunday afternoon Soweto Style!

The REAL - South Africa on a Sunday afternoon Soweto Style!

The REAL – South Africa on a Sunday afternoon Soweto Style!

Manchester United to play in South Africa and in CT on 21 July 2012

Games in Durban and Cape Town will form part of the 2012 Tour, delivered to the world by DHL

Manchester United will return to South Africa to play AmaZulu FC in Durban and Ajax Cape Town next month.

The games will form the Soccer Challenge to highlight the aims of Mandela Day and will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Mandela Day itself (18 July) and the Cape Town Stadium on 21 July.

Announcing the games, Chief Executive David Gill said, “The training camp and matches in South Africa will be an important part of our preparations for the 2012/13 season and an excellent chance to renew our acquaintance with our loyal and enthusiastic fans in South Africa. Everyone has fond memories of the visits in 2006 and 2008 and of the exceptional organisation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.”

Charles Brewer, Managing Director for DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “We are delighted to be delivering Manchester United’s pre-season tour to South Africa. Using our global network we’ll be supporting the team in their preparation for the Durban and Cape Town legs of the tour, ensuring that the team are ready to deliver success on the pitch ahead of the 2012/13 season.”

The match will be sponsored by United’s mobile telecommunications partner in South Africa, MTN.

City hosts 8 Nations Under 20 International Football Challenge in 2012

The City of Cape Town, in partnership with SAFA Cape Town and the Western Cape Government will be hosting the 8 Nation under 20 International Football Challenge.

The tournament will take place from 25 May – 03 June 2012 at both the Athlone and Cape Town Stadiums. The tournament will also utilise practice venues throughout the City.

The bi-annual tournament is being hosted for the second time, after a successful inauguration tournament in 2010, prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

This football tournament is a welcome addition to the City’s calendar of major sports events, which include the Pick ‘n Pay/ Cape Argus Cycle Tour and Old Mutual Town Oceans marathon.

All these sports tournaments are in line with this administration’s goal to establish Cape Town as the events capital of the continent. We hope that this competition will be the springboard for many youngsters, both local and international, to launch their successful professional football careers.

We urge local football fans to attend these matches to watch the next generation of football superstars compete for the championship. Some of the youngsters in this tournament will go on to represent their countries in future international competitions.

In support of the City’s volunteer programme, the City will also be making use of 150 dedicated volunteers who will assist in the efficient and coordinated success of the event. The City’s successful volunteer programme fosters the ideals of volunteerism within the community.

Tickets can be purchased at Computicket and Shoprite/Checkers outlets. Ticket prizes will be R50 grand stand and R20 open stand.

A transport plan for the tournament will be communicated to the public in due course.

Please see below a list of fixtures scheduled for the event:

Athlone Stadium

25 May 2012 18:00 South Africa v/s Argentina
20:30 Ghana v/s Nigeria
29 May 2012 18:00 South Africa v/s Nigeria
20:30 Argentina v/s Ghana
30 May 2012 18:00 Brazil v/s Japan
20:30 Cameroon Kenya
1 June 2012 18:00 Semi Final 1
20:30 Semi Final 2

Cape Town Stadium

26 May 2012 14:00 Kenya v/s Japan
16:30 Brazil v/s Cameroon
27 May 2012 14:00 South Africa v/s Ghana
16:30 Argentina v/s Nigeria
28 May 2012 18:00 Brazil v/s Kenya
20:30 Cameroon v/s Japan
3 June 2012 14:00 3rd v/s 4th
16:30 Final
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