Former Bafana Bafana captain, Aaron Mbazo Mokoena says playing in tournaments such as the KwaMahlobo Games played a huge role in developing a strong character as well as enabling him to play in front of large and intimating crowds.
“Mbazo”, as the former Blackburn Rovers and Portsmouth defender is affectionately known, is one of the thousands of professional football players who has played in the KwaMahlobo Games, the annual tournament that takes place at the KwaMahlobo Grounds in Soweto over the festive season.
Popularly known for bringing together football lovers from across Soweto in one place, the games have grown in leaps and bounds over the last two decades especially now with the backing of giant football brand, LaLiga.
“The KwaMahlobo Games have shaped a number of football careers. The list of players I played with there that have went on to represent the senior national team is endless and continues to grow. With the backing of a giant brand such as LaLiga, one can only imagine how much more the tournament will do for South African football in years to come,” said Mokoena.
This year’s edition kicks off on Thursday, 21 December with Braamfisher Eagles hoping to defend their title when they take on their crosstown rivals, Braamfisher Barcelona in their opening encounter.
Proud sponsors of the tournament have promised plenty of prizes and entertainment for the fans who are urged to come out in their numbers throughout the tournament.
“We enjoyed a fruitful partnership with the KwaMahlobo Games in our first year of involvement last year and want to ensure all supporters and stakeholders that we will be pulling out all the stops to ensure that the 2017/18 edition is one to be remembered,” said LaLiga Africa Director, Antonio Barradas.