Leaders in the international online gaming industry, Betway, hosted The Betway Charity Cup this past weekend. The soccer tournament featured a mix of the Betway Squad, Betway customers and some spectacular former football stars. This was the first-ever installation of the tournament and it turned out to be a huge success, donating R190 000 to charity!
The tournament was held at the Discovery Park in Wanderers, Johannesburg with 8, star-studded teams battling it out for their respective charities.
- Radebe Big 5
- Mlambo #5
- The Fiso 5
- 5 Star Kekana
- The Lucky Stars
- The Real OGs
- The Shabba Ranks
The Betway Charity Cup was graced by legends from every era and had no shortage of stardom:
Mamelodi Sundowns legend, Hlompho Kekana known for his impressive collection of 12 title wins and spending over a decade at Sundowns winning 10 trophies with the club. Though retired, Hlompho’s kick still packs a punch and almost ripped through the net at the Discovery Park.
Proff, football journalist for over a decade and Betway Squad Captain finally decided to put the pen down and join the players on the field captaining his team the Proff-essionals. Despite his passion and impressive display of athletisism, his career swop was cut short by an injury.
Lucky Lekgwathi, arguably Orlando Pirates’ greatest captain. The last captain to have won Orlando Pirates a DSTV Premiership league title and the only captain to win a double treble with Orlando Pirates. Lucky captained his team to a position 3 finish in the group stages and was later signed by Thomas’, Mlambo #5 where he played a great role in the team’s position 3 finish.
Thomas Mlambo, veteran sportscaster, and Betway Squad Captain took on a different role this past weekend. Popularly known as jersey number 10, he displayed flare on the field and as expected, managed to commentate the attention away from his teams’ 3rd position finish.
Portia Modise, former Banyana Banyana captain and the team’s highest goal scorer of all time, graced the tournament with her presence. Portia lived up to her legendary standard, scoring goals for The Fiso 5.
The games were played in a 5 aside format where teams were split into Group A and B. The top two teams at the end of the round progressed to the semi-final which saw a battle between Shabba & The Ranks v Real OG’s as well as Radebe Big 5 v Mlambo #5.
The final was a legendary clash, which saw ex-Bafana Bafana stars, Lucas Radebe and Siphiwe Tshabalala captaining their teams through a nail-biting match. Lucas’ side reigned supreme, winning the tournament with an unbeatable finish.
Shakes Rampedi, host of Playing the Field with Shakes said, “shoutout to Betway for assembling all these legends for such a worthy cause, to the start of something great and impactful!”
Betway’s relationship manager, Given Mothoa said: “The Charity Cup lived up to Betway’s values and was a great CSR initiative. The tournament was a never seen before opportunity for fans to play alongside their idols.”
The Betway Charity Cup was a huge success, both in terms of the amount of money donated to charity and the level of excitement and thrilling entertainment it provided. The tournament was graced by legends from every era of South African sport , and the star-studded teams put on a great show for the fans.
The tournament was also a great opportunity for Betway to give back to the community. The company donated R190 000 to charity, which will go a long way to helping those in need. It was a great event for fans, players, and charities alike. Betway looks forward to hosting the tournament in the future.