Apex United throw down the gauntlet

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Apex United U18 coach Andre Schalkwyk says he has assembled a stronger squad for 2019 than the one that won the Engen Knockout Challenge in 2018.The 17th edition of the Engen Knockout Challenge will take place at the Glenville Celtic fields from June 21 to 23.At the draw on Wednesday at the Glenville Celtic club, Apex were pooled in group C against the Dodgers, Bush Bucks Academy and Lion City.“It’s not going to be an easy group but we are going to be a team to be watched,” Schalkwyk said.“My boys are excited about this year’s tournament.“We are preparing to take the tournament again because we had a good experience in Pretoria.”The coach said he had eight new players who were eager to be part of the Engen Knockout Challenge. “I think we are going to be tougher than last season,” he said.“Apex fans must come in numbers to support us because we are definitely going to make them proud this year.”A total of 16 teams from all over the Eastern Cape will battle for the honour of being crowned the champions.Tournament director Victor Burton said the purse for the winning team would be more than R20,000.“The draw looks very exciting,” he said.“There are some tough groups.“Last year we had some very exciting young and talented players. So this year I think we will move up a notch.”

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