Football teams representing Goldfields and Flavius Mareka further education and training colleges (FETs) will fight it out in the final of the inaugural Macufe College Cup at Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Sunday.
The match pitting the two colleges will be a curtain-raiser to the Macufe Cup match featuring Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs.
The Macufe College Cup was officially launched at Naval Hill in the provincial capital on Wednesday.
To make it to the final, Goldfields and Flavius Mareka came out tops in the four-team elimination games organised by the South African Colleges Sport in the Free State province last week.
Provincial higher education sports director Bob Tladi said his office wished to see the Macufe College Cup being recognised as a serious competition.
“We want to have all our elimination matches up to the final encounter being broadcast (on radio and television),” he said.
Tladi said the higher education department was also hoping to use the Macufe College Cup to inspire more students to attend college and to deal with the public perception that FET colleges are substandard.
“We have got four colleges in the Free State, and nationally there are 50 FETs, with a student population of 600 000, and we are the fastest growing sector in education, making us a perfect test ground for any product that needs to be marketed,” he said.
The launch of the cup, sponsored by Sparta, an international beef trading company based in Welkom, also saw 20 football legends from the Free State province being honoured at the event.