Joy as soccer clubs receive playing gear

2016-11-17 06:02
Wongile Msindwana, Promise Kwange, Roger Mkizwane, councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe, former councillor at ward 40, Kyle Carcs, PR councillor, councillor Bongani Ngcombolo and Zulile Langeni, during the handover of soccer pools and kit, on Thursday, in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Wongile Msindwana, Promise Kwange, Roger Mkizwane, councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe, former councillor at ward 40, Kyle Carcs, PR councillor, councillor Bongani Ngcombolo and Zulile Langeni, during the handover of soccer pools and kit, on Thursday, in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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A former ward councillor handed over goals post poles and soccer kits to clubs to replace those stolen early in the year.

Mzwakhe Nqavashe, former councillor at ward 40, handed over the soccer equipment which cost over R23 000, to Councillor Bongani Ngcombolo, of ward 40, and also the coaches for different teams in the area.

Nqavashe said the soccer pools were stolen early this year.

“They were stolen by drug edicts who sold them at scrap yards. Local teams had to borrow the soccer polls from Gugulethu Sports Complex when they had to play. We are now going to keep the polls at Luyolo Hall every time after the teams had played. The project aims to enhance sport athletes to advance their talent,” Nqavashe said.

The equipment included nets for the polls, polls for five-aside, soccer balls and other kit.

Ngcombolo said the polls will be a big relief to the 13 teams which, each has Under 9, Under 12, Under 15, Under17 and Under 18 teams.

The Teams play under Gugulethu Local Football Association League.

“The City of Cape Town should provide us with security personnel to guard the sport field. They have a capacity to do that. The changing room here was renovated few months ago, but now the doors are damaged and windows are broken. The issue of security is a very critical one,” Ngcombolo said.

Ongile Msindwana, the coach for Ghetto Development Soccer team, said they were badly affected after the pools were stolen.

“We were really struggling. Our league had to start late this season, because we did not have the polls. We are appealing to residents to work together with us to ensure that the polls do not get stolen again. Perpetrators are known by residents, but they do not give the information to police. Soccer is good for the future of the children here,” Msindwana said. He also said they are currently busy playing tournament.

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