Speech by Minister Nxesi at the 2018 Nedbank Cup Launch
15 January 2018, Nedbank Head Office, Sandton
Representatives of the PSL, SAFA and Nedbank.
Collectively, it is you who make this wonderful tournament possible
Members of the Media
Ladies and gentlemen
It gives me great pleasure to participate in the launch of the eleventh edition of the Nedbank Cup.
This surely is South Africa's premier club knock-out competition - where Premier Soccer League teams go up against National First Division teams and South African Football Association teams.
We all enjoy a spectacle - especially when the underdog team gives the big boys a hard time.
But the Nedbank Cup is also about developing South African football and identifying and supporting individual talent. The Cup:
- Provides much needed incentives and resources to the lower division teams - which in turn stimulates these teams to raise their game.
- Linked to the Cup is the Ke Yona Team Search - whereby the organisers hold nation-wide trials to put together a development team to take part in the tournament - the talented Aubrey Modiba being one of those to emerge from this process.
- Most importantly we must applaud the continued support provided by Nedbank to these players - which includes financial planning for their future careers. Carry on the outstanding work.
The Nedbank Cup is a big deal. Remember the winner goes on to compete in Africa's showpiece CAF Confederations Cup. May the best team win.