Zols for scrum all in a day’s sacrifice for Kutta

2017-02-09 06:02
 Coach Mzi Kutta with his under 16 charges during a break in proceedings.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Coach Mzi Kutta with his under 16 charges during a break in proceedings. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A Khayelitsha businessman has said he is on a mission to see young school-boys exchange smoking zols for rugby scrums by offering them training sessions when he is not busy behind the counter.

Mzi Kutta, the owner of Inkomishi Dry Cleaning, spends his afternoons coaching young lads from IMfundo High School in Harare, which is a stone’s throw from his business premises.

He has been doing this for the third year running, training the under 16 and 19 squads.

“This is my way of giving back to the community that I do business in. I have been a rugby player for a long time as a member of the Langa Rugby Club and the Eastern Cape Border under 19 teams.

I want to use my skills and knowledge to drive them away from a life of loitering in the streets because this is one of the reasons that they end up engaging in criminal behaviour,” said Kutta.

The classes run from Monday to Thursday for a one-and-a-half hour period where Kutta takes the boys through a rigorous exercise routine.

He said that this was a labour of love and despite a few challenges, it’s a fulfilling cause.

“Just across the street, I’d see many of these boys sitting idle, smoking. I thought I’d do something for them, to take them away from loitering...ever since, I have seen their interest in rugby grow, including the drop-out, who now train on a regular basis,” he said.

One of the biggest challenges, though, is transportation.

“Because these guys have to be competitive, we have to play against other schools and local teams and I don’t always have the money to hire the transport. Despite these challenges, its quite rewarding to see the passion rapidly growing within the boys,”

Kutta said that his hope is to see some of the boys getting scholarships to play rugby in better resourced schools.

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