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Vodacom is set to take over as the new sponsors of the South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) popular Under-16 Cup.
This comes after yet another giant mobile phone company did not renew its contract after financing the competition for six years.
Sasfa had reportedly approached them to increase the sponsorship, largely because of the ever increasing new number of schools registering for the tournament.
This is the same competition where South African winners qualify to represent the country in Africa at the International School Sports Federation's biennial World Cup.
Sowetan has learnt that representatives of the association and Vodacom are involved in talks to finalise the deal next week. An announcement is expected to be made next week by Sasfa, an associate of the South African Football Association and the phone company.
The Under-16 Cup is expected to start in April with more than 5 000 schools taking part.
The phone company is also the official sponsor of two of South Africa's soccer giants, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
They were also sponsoring the South African national soccer teams simultaneously until late last year when Absa came on board. In the past, the tournament was sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Sowetan has also learnt that Danone, who were also financing Safa's Under-12 competition, will also be coming on board to sponsor a similar Sasfa league.
Meanwhile, the new South African School Sports Association (Sassa) was launched in Isando on Friday. It is the predecessor of Ussasa.
"It has the support of the Ministry of Sport and Recreation and Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation," said Ismail Teladia, a member of the interim committee.