School adopts local clinic

2010-08-03 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’s Siyahlomula High School was one of nine schools that was showered with praise for adopting a local clinic as part of their community social projects at last week’s launch of the annual Metropolitan South African Football Association (Sasfa) U16 tournament in Johannesburg.

Following their success in the Sasfa U16 tournament in North West last year, the Ashdown-based school was awarded R20 000 for their efforts and they deemed it wise to channel some of the money to a local clinic.

The school, coached by Nhlanhla Ngidi, beat Mqhele High of Clermont 3-2 on penalties in last year’s final.

Speaking at a media briefing in Sandton, Metropolitan group executive Nkosinathi Chonco said: “We have been impressed by the projects that the boys [from Siyahlomula] have selected. It shows that they have the initiative and capabilities to be leaders of tomorrow.

“Some have chosen to leave a lasting legacy that benefits their communities as well as their schools. It is a clear indication of how football can act as a conduit to facilitate change.”

In its second year running, the winners of this year’s edition of the U16 tournament will take part in the International Soccer Federation Schools World Championships in Brazil in 2011.

Sasfa president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko said: “We are delighted by the high standards of school participating in the tournament. They have the skills, passion and the ability to show the rest of the world how far we have come.

“Going to Brazil is a huge incentive for our teams to perform well and I am optimistic that the level of competition is going to be fierce.”

This year’s national play-offs will be staged in the Eastern Cape in late September.

As part of their responsibility to offer life skills orientation and promotion of a code of conduct aimed at fostering a sense of social responsibility and community empowerment, football legend and former South African international Tebogo Moloi has been roped in as ambassador.

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