Games cement spirit of Africa

2016-05-26 06:00
 Thabo ‘Bishop’Tutu

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Africa Day was celebrated with a plenty of goals when Khayelitsha Sports Council inconjunction with the Department of Arts, Culture and Sport hosted a soccer tournament against xenophobia at Mandela Park Stadium on Saturday.

Department of Arts,Culture and Sport director Thabo Tutu addressed the players before the start of the tournament to reflect on the importance of the day.

Tutu said the tournament was staged to alter the undesirable thoughts of xenophobia among locals.

The campaign is aptly named “Sport for Peace”.

Tutu added that the initiative seeks to engage the communities directly to utilize their energies in the field of sport, as well popularize this as an event taking place amongst Africans.

“By having these meetings, we will strengthen groups and individuals’ capacity to become agents of change and promoters of peace and friendship,” said Tutu.

Khayelitsha Sports Council’s Ndingila Ziyokwana echoed Tutu’s sentiments, saying the day was not about winning because “merely by stepping on to the field a great message was sent”.

“We appreciate this symbolic tournament as a uniting factor amongst Africans and we hope next year there will be more representatives from other states,” said Ziyokwana.

South African Football Association’s Siya Ponoane urged players to embrace the spirit “peace building efforts” because soccer about fair play after all..

The tournament was won by Mandela Park LFA, Khayelitsha LFA came second whilst Philippi and Monwabisi LFAs grabbed the third an fourth spot respectivelly.

Meanwhile footballers from the various African countries based in Cape Town Communities will compete in Ekasi Football tournament on Sunday at NY 49 Stadium, in Gugulethu as part of Afrika Day Celebrations.

Dr Zukile Yengeni, chairperson of Sport and Recreation Portfolio Committee in the National Assembly, will be speaking on the role African countries in South Africa’ s fight for democracy and on why it is important for communities to mobilise against xenophobia.

Teams line up for the symbolic “Red card” march against xenophobia #WeAreOneAfrica. The day will be opened with a performance of the parliamentary choir and the reading of the anti-xenophobia pledge by team captains.

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