MDC coaches from the left, Vusumuzi Vilakazi of Lamontville Golden Arrows, Bloemfontein Celtic’s Abram Nteo, Siya Mdluli from Maritzburg United & Siyabonga Dlamini from AmaZulu FC.
Photocred; Nkoaenhle Sibisi – IzikoDUT

The next season of the Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC) is about to kick off and KwaZulu-Natal teams are giving young stars a deserved shot!

A press conference was held at the Workshop at Durban CBD and had SuperSport’s Carol Tshabalala as the MC.

Present was coach Siyabonga Dlamini from AmaZulu FC, Siya Mdluli from Maritzburg United, Vusumuzi Vilakazi of Lamontville Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic’s Abram Nteo.

Celtic, the winners of the previous season will be looking to defend their title as champs as they will clash with Masandawana on Friday.

Siwelele Sa Masele coach said that they have put together a good squad made up of fairly young boys.

As defending champions, he did give a hint on who would be his biggest rivals.

“You know when I play (Mamelodi) Sundowns always it’s a sour game for me, but we will see” said Nteo.

This season the challenge will strictly be for u20 and will have each team will play 30 games instead of the 15 of the previous seasons.

However, this means that young blood will be joining the MCD.

Maritzburg’s Mdluli said that they are actively looking for young talent in Pietermaritzburg.

“We want to give Maritzburg players the priority so that they can show off their talent of which they have.” Said Mdluli.

The Team of Choice has been playing in the tournament but haven’t won it yet.

Another team that is looking for young talent and working more on developing players is Abafana Besthende.

Coach Vilakazi says that they don’t have any sponsors or money to buy players.

“If you look at our team right now there is a lot of youngstars,” Said Vilakazi.

“We have to pay serious attention in terms of developing our players.”

Having won the tournament more than once coach Vilakazi says winning is always seen as a cherry on top, after working on the development of players.

Coaches emphasised that their biggest issue when it comes to the development of young players is the lack of funds.

However they are ready for the tournament which will kick-off this Friday.

Here are the KZN opening games:

It is massive, #ASIDLALI!

Matshidiso Tsolo

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