Easter tournament: 134 teams to play in Northdale

2011-04-22 00:00

ALL roads will lead to Northdale Stadium for the Pietermaritzburg and District Soccer Association (Padsa) Easter Tournament, which kicks off today and continues until Easter Monday.

Carol Mbuthu, a player for Maritzburg Sporting, will again have the chance to show young men her dribbling skills on the left wing.

She says she has been playing against boys for the past 12 years, but only started competing in the Easter Tournament four years ago.

“I find that it is difficult to play with guys as a girl because they sometimes harass me by touching me inappropriately,” she says.

But she adds that playing with boys has given her a chance to polish her football skills.

“Because boys underestimate my soccer skills, I find myself dribbling my way pass them,” she says.

Carol says she has the advantage of being fast with the ball and nimble on her feet, and this makes it easy for the coach to use her as a defender.

Rowdan Naidoo and Mzomuhle Ximba , who both play for the Jhansi Football Club, say they are looking forward to playing in the Easter Tournament.

They say their preparations are in place and they have been training hard for this competition.

They hope to make it all the way to the final of the tournament, if not to win it.

They add that they will do their best to ensure no team stops them from achieving this goal.

Sunny Naidoo, the president of Padsa, says 68 junior and 66 senior teams will take part in the tournament.

He and his colleagues have pulled out all the stops in preparing for the event.

“We have been responsible for keeping youngsters off the streets for the past 38 years during the Easter Holidays and we will continue to do so,” says Naidoo.

He says even though the Msunduzi Municipality has withdrawn its sponsorship for the tournament, they have managed to organise an event that will impress the city.

Naidoo pleaded with the business community in the city for financial support.

“We would also like to see something done to upgrade the infrastructure.

“We are also calling for the Pietermaritzburg community to support what we do here.”

The first prize for winners of senior group 1 is R50 000 and the runners-up will get R20 000.

Senior group 2 will get R20 000 and runners up will get R10 000.

Naidoo said junior teams will get medals and prize money.

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