Padsa appeals for sponsors for easter football tournament

2013-03-27 00:00

IT’S all systems go for the country’s premier amateur football competition.

More than 120 teams from junior to senior sides are preparing to battle it out at the 40-year-old traditional Easter Tournament, which kicks off tomorrow evening and continues until Easter Monday. The senior teams will be playing at Northdale Stadium and the junior sides at the Protea Grounds.

The tournament is organised by the Pietermaritzburg and District Soccer Association (Padsa). Its president, Sunny Naidoo, said 66 junior and 64 senior teams would take part.

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 40 years during the Easter holidays and we will continue to do so,” said Naidoo.

He said that although the Msunduzi Municipality had withdrawn its sponsorship, Padsa had managed to organise an event that would impress the city.

Naidoo appealed to the business community in the city for financial support.

He said Padsa had raised about R55 700. Group 1 senior teams would be competing for prizes of R25 000 and runners-up would get R12 500. The rest of the money will go to other categories.

The chairperson of Maritzburg Sporting FC, David Pillay, said the players — aged from younger than 11 up to senior level — had been training since January.

Msunduzi municipal spokesperson Brian Zuma said the municipality was supporting the tournament by providing free facilities and services.

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