Sundowns Set To Challenge Europe’s Elite In Kevin De Bruyne Cup
Mamelodi Sundowns have been drawn against top European teams in Group A for the highly-anticipated 2023 edition of the Kevin De Bruyne Cup. The draw, conducted by Manchester City star De Bruyne himself via Veo Camera, took place on Thursday, 16 March.
The Tshwane giants will be making their debut in the KDB Cup, becoming the first-ever non-European team to participate in the tournament, which is now expanding globally. Palmeiras from Brazil is the only other non-European team in the competition.
De Bruyne expressed his excitement for Sundowns’ inclusion in the Under 15 tournament, which is widely considered as the most prestigious at the youth level in Europe.
Kevin De Bruyne is eagerly anticipating hosting Mamelodi Sundowns in the sixth edition of the international tournament, which will take place in Belgium from June 10th to June 11th, 2023. Sundowns will be facing a mix of global powerhouses, European and Belgian teams in the tournament, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Odense Boldklub, RB Leipzig, Manchester City, PSG, KAA Gent, and Club Brugge.
De Bruyne expressed his excitement for Sundowns’ participation, noting that it will be a great experience for the African team to not only play football but to see another part of the world and have a life experience.
Sundowns chairman, Tlhopie Motsepe, acknowledged that the KDB Cup will assist the club in growing internationally and exposing their youngsters to different styles of football and a different way of life.
Sundowns have been drawn in Group A alongside defending champions Barcelona and Manchester City. The fixture list and kick-off times for the tournament are yet to be released, but the KDB Cup is set to be live on Veo Camera in June.