THE fifth national inter-local football association tournament hosted by the Northern Areas FA (Nafa) kicks off at the Gelvandale fields tomorrow.
In addition to Nafa, Cape and District, Northern Suburbs (Cape Town), Padsa (Pietermaritzburg), North End FA (East London) and Breidbach (King William’s Town), Makana (Grahamstown) and Nodefa (Uitenhage) have been invited to take part in this year’s senior tournament.
The teams have been divided into two groups and will play a round-robin, with the top two in each section advancing to the knockout cup stage on Sunday morning. The finals will be played in the afternoon.
The tournament gets under way with an under-15 match between Makana and hosts Nafa at 9am. Nafa are the defending u-15 champions, having dominated the competition in recent years.
This year an u-17 section has been introduced for the first time.
In the last match of the day, Nafa seniors play Cape and District FA at the Errol Haynes sports fields. Their first match is against Makana on Gelvan 3 at 11am.
Since the inception of the tournament in 2008, Nafa has failed to win the championships despite reaching the finals twice.
Last year was their worst performance – they failed to reach the knockout stages. Of the eight LFAs competing in this year’s tournament, only Cape and District FA and North End FA are previous winners.
Mitchells Plain, which won the first two tournaments, will not be competing this year.
To make it a gala weekend for all ages organisers have also arranged a Goodwill Tournament for local football associations in the u-9, u-11 and u-13 divisions which will be played alongside the senior event.
Matches get under way at 8.30am on each of the three days. The daily entry fee is R5 (adults), R3 (children).
Group A: Uitenhage (Nodefa), EL North End FA (Nefa), Padsa, Cape and District FA (CDFA).
Group B: Makana, Nafa), Breidbach FA (Brefa) and Northerns FA (NSFA).
Errol Haynes sports field: Padsa v CDFA (u-15), Padsa v CDFA (u-17), Padsa v CDFA (senior), Nafa v NSFA (u-15), Nafa v NSFA (u-17) Nafa v NSFA (senior).
Gelvan 2: Nodefa v Nefa (u-15), Nodefa v Nefa (u-17), Nodefa v Nefa (senior), Makana v Brefa (u-15), Makana v Brefa (u-17), Makana v Brefa (senior).
Gelvan 3: Makana v Nafa (u-15); Makana v Nafa (u-17), Makana v Nafa (senior), Nefa v CDFA (u-15); Nefa v CDFA (u-17), Nefa v CDFA (senior).
Hockey field: Brefa v NSFA (u-15), Brefa v NSFA (u-17), Brefa v NSFA (senior), Nodefa v Padsa (u-15), Nodefa v Padsa (u-17) Nodefa v Padsa (senior).
Errol Haynes field: Nodefa v CDFA, Nefa v Padsa, Makana v NSFA, Nafa v Brefa.
Gelvan 2: Makana v NSFA (u-15), Nafa v Brefa (u-17), Nodefa v CDFA (U-15); Nefa v Padsa (u-17).
Gelvan 3: Nafa v Brefa (u-15), Makana v NSFA (u-17), Nefa v Padsa (u-15), Nodefa v CDFA (u-17).
Playoffs and finals.