Bobby Motaung, Mark Mayambela and team representative pose with a trophy during the 2018 Maize Cup launch at Carousel Hammerskraal, Pretoria on 06 July 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Saturday Jul 07, 2018. 12:00
Kaizer Chiefs to defend trophy and new recruit, Mirwa to face former teamBuya Msuthu players to perform on “the PSL stage” Opportunity for Chippa United to try out new combinations after nine signings.
The 4th edition of the Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup was launched this evening by North West MEC for Education & Sport Development Ntate Sello Lehari at the glitzy Carousel Hotel Casino, in Hammanskraal.
Taking place on Saturday 14th July at James Motlatsi Stadium (formerly known as Orkney Stadium), Klerksdorp the one-day preseason tournament will see defending champions, Kaizer Chiefs try their best to keep the trophy out of the hands of fellow PSL outfits Free State Stars and Chippa United, as well as ABC Motsepe league side, Buya Msuthu.
With tonight’s tournament draw, only time will tell whether the loyalty of Kaizer Chiefs’ new signee Letlhogonolo Mirwa will be tested against the club he just left, Buya Msuthu. Described as “an animal” on the field by former teammate, Boy Thomo, the 23-year-old left-back together with fellow newcomer Khama Billiat will want to show Amakhosi management that their worth their salt.
Chippa United will get the opportunity to play around with new combinations after signing nine new players thus far. The Chilli Boys tie with Orlando Pirates for the second highest number of signings for this window, second to Baroka FC who have 10.
Buya Msuthu coach Kabelo Sibiya will need to contain his team and ensure they keep to his strategy, as his players will undoubtedly see the Maize Cup as a platform to show off their best skills to possible recruiters from the three PSL clubs at the tournament.
Launched in 2015, the Maize Cup was originally known as the Bokone Bophirima Maize Triangle Challenge in partnership with Mpumalanga and Free State governments, the three provinces which form the triangle wherein the bulk of maize is produced in South Africa.
The Maize Cup will have a number of activities ahead of the main event which aim to develop football in schools in the North West province.