Board donates sports kit in fight against alcohol abuse

2017-02-23 06:00
Sakhele Simon, head coach, Mbulelo Nkomo, coach, Nwabisa Mpalala, assistant director at Western Cape Liquor Authority, Pim Msweli, coach, during the handover of kit for Langa Cricket Club, on Monday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Sakhele Simon, head coach, Mbulelo Nkomo, coach, Nwabisa Mpalala, assistant director at Western Cape Liquor Authority, Pim Msweli, coach, during the handover of kit for Langa Cricket Club, on Monday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A needy cricket team was lucky enough to receive donation of kit from Western Cape Liquor Authority on Monday.

The Langa Cricket Club received a donation of T-shirts emblazoned with a message that encourages responsible drinking.

The kit included caps and sports bags.

Team coach Mbulelo Nkomo aid the donation came at the right time when they needed it the most.

“It will go a long way in helping us, because we did not have any form of uniform. We are really struggling to buy kit. Some of our players do not even have cricket boots. It also becomes a challenge for us to buy lunch for our players when we have games to play. We appeal for any form of support from anyone,” Nkomo said.

The team was formed about four years ago.

They have about 80 players in their list who play in different divisions such as Under 11, Under 13 and senior team.

The team plays under the Hub League, under the auspices of Western Province.

Nkomo said the team is “doing well” when it comes to winning their games.

He also said they are yet to take part in tournaments that other teams participate in.

Nwabisa Mpalala, assistant director at Western Cape Liquor Authority, said the donation is part of their strategy of keeping the youth away from ill-discipline.

“We are encouraging the youth to stay away from alcohol abuse. The T-shirts have a message that talks about responsible drinking and we hope that it will stay in their minds as they grow. We also have programmes whereby we visit schools and teach learners about the danger of alcohol abuse. This is our part of trying to eradicate the plague,” Mpalala said. Mpalala said educational programmes regarding alcohol abuse are ongoing.

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