MASERU — Sixteen Under-14 football teams will today lock horns in the Kick4Life Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) 2013 tournament, a competition arranged in the Afcon format.
Kick4Life centre manager, Refiloe Maphallela told the Sunday Express that the event is a replica of the Afcon tournament that ends in South Africa today.
Burkina Faso will take on Nigeria in the final today.
“This event is a replica of the actual tournament whereby the 16 teams will start with round robin group stage games,” Maphallela said in a press statement.
“The duration of each game will be 10 minutes and each team will only be allowed to field three boys and two girls.”
The teams have been drawn from communities around Maseru and are made up of 10 players each.
Maphallela said the purpose of the tournament is to celebrate the Africa Nations Cup by ensuring that children are given a glimpse of the continent’s biggest tournament.
“The objective is to celebrate the Afcon 2013 tournament which is currently being played in South Africa and also orientate the young players about HIV and Aids,” he said.
Maphallela said teams that will finish in the top three will walk away with a trophy, T-shirts and a ball.
He said the third best team will be given 10 caps and a ball.