The official draw for the first ever Grannies international football tournament was conducted this past weekend.

The historic tournament is set to take place at Nkowa-Nkowa Stadium in the Tzaneen Greater Municipality from 26-29 March 2023. 

Women over the age of 50 will take part in the Grannies international football tournament. It will involve 20 teams from countries such as USA, Togo, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Malawi, Zambia and Guinea. 

Officials at the  Grannies international football tournament draw
Officials at the draw

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Official draw: 

Group A 

Vakhegula-Vakhegula FC (South Africa)

Muzi United (Malawi)

Motseeo FC (Lesotho)

Glory Gogos FC (South Africa)

Group B 

Mamie Foot Togo (Togo)

Mbombela Gogos (South Africa)

Lexpressas  FC (USA)

Corumana Velhos (Mozambique)

Group C

Footeuse tout age (France)

Consha Magogo Stars  (Zimbabwe)

Femme foot Togo (Togo)

Thembisa Gogos (South Africa

Group D

Femme foot Guinea (Guinea)

Eduardo Mondlane FC (Mozambique)

Breakers (USA)

Dikgoshigadi FC (South Africa)

Group E

Florima (USA)

Northern Stars FC (South Africa)

Yasa Grannies FC (Zambia)

KZN Gogos (South Africa)

“We are ready and we have been playing since 2007,” Tournament organiser Beka Ntsanwisi said. 

“We have been to America, Brazil, Russia, and France and we are waiting for them and they know that we will beat them this Vakhegula-Vakhegula. 

“I am confident that the cup will stay in Nkowankowa. We have players from different towns and villages such as Polokwane, Sekhukhune and Vhembe district,” she said. 

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World-renowned football club Vakhegula Vakhegula will play host to the first ever Grannies International Football Tournament.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Nkowa-Nkowa, Tzaneen in Limpopo from 26-29  March 2023. It will comprise 20 teams, 13 from across the globe and seven from different provinces in South Africa.

VAKHEGULA VAKHEGULA TEAM LONG HISTORY

The Grannies Football was originally started in Nkowa-Nkowa by well-known former broadcaster Beka Ntsanwisi. Ntsanwisi formed a team consisting of Vakhegula meaning ‘Grannies’ from ages of 50 to 80.

Vakhegula Vakhegula
Vakhegula Vakhegula

The team has grown to be famous all over the world and have been invited to football World Cups. They have also had their own tours vow invites from other nations, this includes the famous visit to France where they won 10-0 against their counterparts.

Through her foundation, Ntsanwisi will now realize her dream of hosting an  international football tournament.

COUNTRIES AWAIT GRANNIES INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Countries such as the USA, Denmark, France, Zambia, Germany and Togo will make their way to South Africa.

“The stadium will be accessible for free so if anyone wants to come they will be welcome. It will also be during the school holidays so everyone is welcome since the matches will be played during the day,” said Nkhensani Ntsanwisi from the Beka Ntsanwisi Foundation.

How the tournament will be played:

There will be round-robin games with the 20 teams divided into five groups of four on the first day of the tournament.

Matches will last for 40 minutes with 20 minutes in either half. The winning five teams on points from each of the five groups, along with three of the best runner-up teams will move into the quarterfinals.

The Winners will walk away with R50 000 while the runner-up will receive R20 000.

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