History of the Youth Cup
Athletico Football Club (established 2002), began a youth football development initiative in 2010 in the form of a local youth tournament, called simply the “Youth Cup”.
Over the ten years of its existence it has seen various formats, from being purely invitational, to seeded teams and qualifying rounds.
Although an AFC initiative, they have not always dominated the competition. The club sees this as a good thing as the club is more about improving the general quality of football in the community than simply winning competitions. However, it would be difficult not to acknowledge that more often than not, AFC is the team to beat..
Youth Cup Winners:
- 2010 –Winners Impala Warriors; Runners-up Athletico
- 2011 – Winners Tshwane Highlanders; Runners-up Athletico
- 2012 – Winners Impala Warriors; Runners-up Athletico
- 2013 – Winners Athletico; Runners-up Platinum Stars
- 2014 – Winners Athletico; Runners-up Olympia Stars
- 2015 – Winners Phoka FC; Runners-up Platinum Stars
- 2016 – Winners Athletico, Runners-up Marikana Galaxy
- 2017 – Winners Marikana Galaxy; Runners-up Athletico
- 2018 – Winners All Nations; Runners-up Athletico
Professional Players who have participated:
The tournament also has history of developing a number of currently successful professional players:
- Gift Links – current club
- Kobamelo Kodisang – current club Aarhus Gymnastikforening (Denmark Superliga)
- Cyril Chibwe – current club Polokwane City (PSL)
- Lucky Mathosi – currently not attached to a club
- Katlego Otladisa – current club Mamelodi Sundowns
- Sbusiso Mabiliso – current club AmaZulu FC
- Boiki Modisakeng – current club AmaZulu FC
An interesting side note is that the Tshwane Highlanders, winners in 2011, were coached by Sonesipho Mali. He is currently the Under 23 National Team Tactical Performance Analyst.