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Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:59

Soccer: Western Cape's U19 A Team Set to Shine in China

Team Western Cape, selected from the 2014 Metropolitan U19 Premier Cup (MPC), left Cape Town International yesterday to compete in the Weifang Cup International Youth Tournament in Shandong, China.

 

School soccer The Western Cape U19 Soccer Team The Weifang Cup, which takes place from the 27 July – 2 August 2014, is an annual U19 football tournament hosted by the Chinese Football Association that sees local and international teams compete.

Team Western Cape, consisting of the best players selected from various Western Cape teams was invited to participate in the Weifang Cup as part of a sports development partnership between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport in the Western Cape and Shandong Province, China. The mutually beneficial partnership aims to create an exchange programme for sport officials, coaches, athletes and sporting teams, facilitating the sharing of expertise and knowledge.

Belinda Faulkner, Brand Executive at Metropolitan - the title sponsor for MPC and partner of Team Western Cape - said: “We are very excited to be a part of such a great initiative. We are privileged to have the opportunity to contribute towards developing and supporting our local talent.

“Sending the selected Western Cape MPC team to the Weifang Cup was an easy choice for us as we are committed to raising the standard of football in South Africa, and saw this as a great opportunity for the team to learn and grow as players.”

Eighteen players and officials bid Cape Town farewell yesterday as they set off on the adventure of a lifetime. Many of the boys have never left the Western Cape, let alone been overseas. “I have worked so hard and am so happy to have been chosen to be part of the squad touring to China, and thank God for this opportunity. My family are very proud of me! I am very excited for all that I am going to experience in China,” said Byron McKellar, the captain of Team Western Cape.

Shandong is a coastal province in Northern China, and is considered the birthplace of ancient Chinese culture, with a rich tapestry of local history.

“The boys have worked incredibly hard this season - and I can’t think of a more deserving team. They have proved themselves in the MPC, and I believe they will prove themselves again at the Weifang Cup,” said PJ Williams, manager for the touring team.