Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) Africa crowned Alex high school as champions of the Allianz Explorer Camp tournament following a 3-1 win against Kwabhekilanga high school.
Now in its second edition, the tournament was held at Three Square Sports Ground in Alexandra on Friday, May 31. Former Banyana Banyana captain, Portia Modise, is leading the search.
Modise selected the top six talented football players out of almost 50 based on their passion for the game, skills and discipline on and off the field. Pearl Khumalo, Molly Mathole, Dineo Sefoka and Precious Ndlovu from Alex high school and Amina Aloui and Eletha Depane from Kwabhekilanga high school stand a chance of representing South Africa at the Allianz Explorer Camp | Football Edition in Munich, Germany from August 22 – 27, 2019.
To compete for the two spots, the players will now go for assessments led by a panel consisting of Modise, AGCS Africa Business Development Manager, Senzile Ndlozi, and legal expert, Melvin Neale, who is a Director at MNA Attorneys. They will decide on the ultimate winner in June following assessments based on their passion for football, digital technology and future topics.
“As Allianz, we are proud to contribute to the development of women’s football in South Africa. So, we congratulate Alex high school for winning the Allianz Explorer Camp tournament and the top six girls who stand chance of representing South Africa in Munich. We wish them all the best as they go through assessments to move closer to becoming leaders and captains of the future,” says AGCS Africa CEO, Thusang Mahlangu.
Modise was impressed to see such talent at the tournament, which reminded her of the early stages of her football career, where it was just about passion, skills and discipline. “The girls demonstrated teamwork and were determined to win. I am honored to part of the Allianz Explorer Camp | Football Edition as it contributes to the development of women’s football in South Africa,” says Modise.
The two teenagers will join 70 others from 30 nations between the ages of 14 – 16 at the Allianz Explorer Camp | Football Edition, which is now in its eleventh year. While there, they will meet FC Bayern stars, be trained by youth coaches and participate in innovation and digital activities beyond football in a packed six day program, hosted by Allianz in partnership with FC Bayern.