Johannesburg, Monday, 14th March 2011 –
Top Chilean side Universidad Catolica have been roped in to participate in the 2011 Gauteng Future Champions International Cup in Johannesburg from March 28 to April 2.
They are joining five other foreign teams that have been invited to this Under-17 event organised by Gauteng sports, arts, culture and recreation MEC Lebogang Maile’s department.
Those who have been invited are Pachuca CF (Mexico), Nigeria’s Heartland, PSV Eindhoven of Holland, Rubin Kazan from Russia and Atletico Mineiro of Brazil.
Universidad Catolica’s senior team has won 10 national championships.
Durban-born Chile international Mark Gonzalez, son of former Moroka Swallows and Durban Bush Bucks star Raul, is one of the graduates of Universidad Catolica.
The four teams that will represent South Africa in the same tournament are Orlando Pirates, Jomo Cosmos, Bidvest Wits and Mamelodi Sundowns. Maile said a total of 12 teams, split into four groups of three, will compete in the tournament won by Chinese Shandong Luneng last year.
“We are delighted to have some of powerhouses of development football coming to participate,” he said.
Sundowns coach Floyd Mogale said: “It’s a great platform for our youngsters to be exposed to international football.”