Birds, Chiefs juniors shine

Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs will be the only two professional sides participating in the inaugural Future Gauteng Under-17 Soccer Tournament in Soweto in March.

Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs will be the only two professional sides participating in the inaugural Future Gauteng Under-17 Soccer Tournament in Soweto in March.

The junior sides of Amakhosi and the Beautiful Birds qualified for this international tournament during the eliminations in Klipsruit on Sunday.

The tournament is sponsored by the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation and is used as one of the 2010 World Cup legacy projects.

Safa Soweto boss Phil Mogodi, one of the coordinators of the tournament, says Chiefs and Swallows will participate in the international tournament from March 22 to 28.

The two sides joined the regional teams from Johannesburg and Sedibeng who qualified during their eliminations in November.

"We decided to separate the academies from the regional teams so that we end up with four South African clubs in the tournament, two academies and two from the regions," explained Mogodi.

The launch of the international tournament will take place on March 21 where Gauteng sports, arts, culture and recreation MEC, Barbara Creecy, and chief director Ivor Hoff, will announce the names of the international sides."

X