The University of Pretoria, defending champions of the Multichoice Diski Challenge, have effectively ended their chances of defending their title. Their disappointing campaign continues as the Pretoria side linger in the middle of the log. UP’s uninspired form from the late stages of 2015 has carried over to the new year as they are yet to claim a single victory. They began the year with a 1-1 draw against Tshwane rivals Supersport United, which was followed by a 2-1 loss to Polokwane City at Loftus stadium a week later.
The side will have to regroup and produce some convincing performances against Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows to stand a chance of improving their league standings before the tournament concludes in March.
The tournament serves as a flagship competition for South African football as 16 teams are pitted against one another. In partnership with the Premier Soccer League, the tournament focuses on the development of younger players. The winners will get four days of training at the Royal Netherlands Football Association, which will be an invaluable experience for the developing team.