Queueing to get World Cup slice

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

With the 2010 World Cup coming to South Africa, big companies are queueing to finance domestic amateur and professional soccer.

It comes after the newly launched South African Schools Football Association (Sasfa) announced on Saturday that Nestle Milo are on board to sponsor them.

Nestle Milo, who were previously linked to Kaizer Chiefs development jointly with the University of Johannesburg, were represented at Sasfa.

The international global food and nutritional company will be financing the new Under-13 competition, which is scheduled to start next month.

"It is true that they are on board, but all the details will be announced at a media briefing at a later stage," said Mandla "Shoes" Mazibuko, Sasfa president.

"We introduced them at our launch in Kempton Park on Saturday. We are busy trying to get a sponsor for all our age groups, both primary and high schools."

The unveiling of the coffee company comes hardly two weeks after Sasfa announced that Danone will sponsor their Under-12 competition.

Sasfa will also be launching this year's edition of the Mille Under-14 Cup next month.

Also back this year is the Kay Motsepe Cup, which is sponsored by Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe.

Mazibuko said the tournament was disrupted last year because of the civil servants; industrial action with some schools already in regional eliminations.

"We are aware that some of the schools were busy with the district and regional eliminations, we cannot punish them because of the action by civil servants."

l Sasfa will soon announce a new partner in the next two weeks with Vodacom taking over from rival cellular phone company MTN to sponsor the Under-16 Cup. Though the breakdown is still to be finalised, the winners will represent SA at the World Schools' Cup in Turkey next year