Diski Challenge Returns With Soweto Derby
The highly popular Diski Challenge returns this weekend with a much-anticipated Soweto derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
The Premier Soccer League and DStv confirmed the return of the DStv Diski Challenge, which will kick off on Saturday, 11 September, after AmaZulu won the competition last season.
“Anchored on the tagline; Woz’Uzobabona (Come See Them in Action), the eighth instalment of the Diski Challenge promises not only to be entertaining for the viewer but engaging and educational on and off the field for players and supporters alike,” reads an official statement.
“COVID-19 means that we won’t be able to host fans in the stadium as yet but that doesn’t mean they won’t still get to see some of the country’s most exciting young football talent strutting their stuff. This season, we want to make sure supporters are still a part of the Diski Challenge and bring them along the journey with us.
“The DStv Diski Challenge provides aspiring academy and reserve team players a platform to develop their skills by playing regularly in a competitive league. The tournament aims to increase the young and talented players’ chances of being promoted to their respective clubs’ first teams, and even European leagues, by exposing them to the rigours of training and expectations of professional football.
“Since its inception in 2014, as the PSL Reserve League, the Diski Challenge has catapulted over 250 academy stars to the professional ranks of the Premiership, Glad Africa Championship, Olympics as well as to leagues abroad.”
Below is the first set of fixtures, with a Soweto derby spicing up the opening round of the Diski Challenge:
Saturday, 11 September
Chippa vs Royal AM
Maritzburg vs Sekhukhune
Swallows vs TS Galaxy
SuperSport vs Sundowns
Sunday, 12 September
Baroka vs Gallants
Cape Town City vs Stellenbosch
AmaZulu vs Golden Arrows
Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates