Sun International Pro-Am Celebrating Sporting Greats
The Sun International Pro – Am is taking place on Monday 27th February and Rob Dalton Gaming Marketing Manager has promised an event that celebrates the PinkStig Dream Team and also see them play along side South African Sporting greats.
It has been a vision of Rob Dalton and Warren Rudolph, Events Manager at Sun International to increase and highlight women professional sport particularly the pro golfers. ” Many professional sport personalities have taken up golf during their careers in cricket, rugby and soccer” says Rob Dalton. In the same spirit Warren Rudolph reminds us that: ” …Sun International continues to celebrate these athletes successes on and off the field after they have retired professionally and loves the idea that they continue to see the value in our brand”
Added to that says Rob Dalton: ” as much as we host and entertain many international legends at our venues across this beautiful country, we continue to highlight the importance of inviting South African sport Legends and remind the public of their value and capacity to motivate our youngsters to walk in their footsteps.”
Rob Dalton continues: ” This gives me great satisfaction and as you have seen last year with our collaboration with UniMedia, Sally Little was honoured at the Sun International Pro-Am for her contribution to golf and we went on to induct Sally Little into the SA Hall of Fame powered by Samsung.”
Some of the Legendary soccer stars to grace the 2017 Sun International Pro – Am are the likes of Andre Arendse, Mark Williams, Marks Maponyane and Neil Tovey.
Andre Arendse made his debut in 1991 for Cape Town Spurs and later played professionally for Oxford United, Fulham (both England), Santos, Mamelodi Sundowns and SuperSport United.
He retired from football in 2009 winning the Premier Soccer League title with SuperSport United. In May 2013, Arendse returned as an emergency goalkeeper for Bidvest Wits due to injuries to the club’s goalkeepers Steven Hoffman, Jackson Mabokgwane, Emile Baron and Ryan Harrison. This made him the oldest player in PSL history surpassing the previous record set by Bruce Grobbelaar. He represented South Africa 67 times having made his debut in 1995. He was initially in the 1998 FIFA World Cup squad, but had to pull out due to injury. He was later a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and retired from his international career in 2004. He was part of the squad that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations.
Mark Williams is a former South African international football player who played for many clubs throughout his career, including Corinthians (Brazil), Wolverhampton Wanderers (England), Chongqing Lifan (China), Qingdao Zhongneng (China) and RWDM (Belgium). Internationally he is predominantly remembered for being in the squad that played in the 1996 African Cup of Nations where he was the joint second highest scorer with 4 goals, and scored both goals in the final, in which South Africa beat Tunisia 2-0 to win the cup for the first time and has never succeeded to do so again. When he retired he would have played for the South Africa national football team 23 times, scoring 8 goals.
Marks Maponyane joined Chiefs when he was 19 and started off by earning R600 a month. He scored on debut on 12 April 1981 against Leceister City in Eldorardo. He is the only player to win Footballer of the Year three times, he won the award in 1984 and 1987 with Chiefs. He captained the club from 1985 to 1988. He is Kaizer Chiefs all-time top goalscorer with 85 goals. In 1993 he joined Orlando Pirates from which he won 1994 league title and African Champions league in 1995.
Maponyane made his debut for Bafana Bafana on 16 August 1992 in a 4-1 loss to Zimbabwe in an AFCON qualifier coming in the 52nd minute for Shane McGregor. He scored his first goal in his third international match in the 6th minute against Zimbabwe in an AFCON qualifier on 26 April 1993 but Benjamin Nkonjera equalised in the 82nd minute to make it 1-1. He scored his second and last goal for South Africa on 26 November 1994 in a 2-1 win over Ghana in the 11th minute. He played his last international on 26 April 1995 in a 3-1 win over Lesotho.
Neil Tovey was born in Pretoria but grew up in Durban. He had been playing soccer since 1969. He aspired to be a doctor before opting to play professional football. His brother Mark who was also a footballer used to give him football lessons. He was also coached at junior level at Juventus Durban by Clive Barker. He made his professional debut for Durban City in 1981 and won the 1982 and 1983 NPSL titles under Clive Barker and played 176 league games.
He joined Chiefs in 1990 and took over captaincy from Howard Freese in 1992 wearing the number 9 jersey. In the same season, Tovey got a record 52 starts which is still a record. He was converted to defence by Philippe Troussier. He led Chiefs to cup victory scored two very important goals in the Rothmans Cup against QwaQwa Stars and Umtata Bush Bucks. He played 341 league games for Chiefs. He played 362 matches and scored 32 goals in all competitions. In the very last match of his career and his last two touches Chiefs colours resulted in a goal in a 5–1 win over Dynamos on 9 June 1999.
Tovey is a former player of the South Africa national football team, and won 52 caps for the national side without scoring a goal. He captained the team 29 times.
These are the soccer legends and champions coming out to play at Sun International’s Pro-Am Challenge. We will look at the cricket greats in our next article. The PinkStig Dream Team is indeed in a for a treat!