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2017-08-09 06:00
Tsoseletso Secondary School’s Lorenzo Bellesi (maroon) thwarts the ball under pressure from Commtech Secondary player during the opening fixture of the Lemo Cup Schools football tournament. Photos: Teboho Setena

Tsoseletso Secondary School’s Lorenzo Bellesi (maroon) thwarts the ball under pressure from Commtech Secondary player during the opening fixture of the Lemo Cup Schools football tournament. Photos: Teboho Setena

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A newly launched schools football tournament is hoped to spark positive spirit among the youth to wanting to positively change outlook of the community. Featuring secondary schools in the greater Bloemfontein, the tournament is known as the Lemo Cup Schools football tournament. It is an initiative by the pioneering entrepreneur Freddy Kenney, managing director of Kenworth Group, which owns the new multi-million-rand Lemo Mall located Heidedal, Bloemfontein.

It was officially launched last Wednesday (3/08) at a function where Kenney also unveiled floating trophy the winning team will receive and outfit for match officials. Outlining the objective of the tournament, Kenney stated that his mission is to spark the spirit to rebuild community and giving youth hope to find the right path and youth to live the dream to prosper. He added that the tournament was a continued effort to positively change lives and set a benchmark for genuine contribution to communities by companies which truly care. “The tournament is a mission to enable youth to change their lives, give them hope to do good for the community. Youth apathy due to high unemployment is worrying me very much. We have a youth to nurture because it is the future generation and leaders. Just image if there was no sport in this country, it will be a war-torn zone. I wish to see this tournament grow into leaps and bounds into the next three-years. Saving the youth from idleness and despair is a long term mission. I hope this tournament will have a positive impact in the community of Mangaung and Bloemfontein. Our youth is very confused and do not know what to do due to the very high unemployment in this country. This tournament I believe is the right tool to change that mindset. There’s nothing powerful as a positive mind,” said Kenney.

Kenney said the decision to involve schools was solemnly because schools as institution of education go together with sport.

Featuring 24 secondary schools, the competition has been divided into six groups. The participating schools compete on round robin basis. It will culminate in the final on 8 September where the inauruagal champions will be crowned. The winner will receive R20 000 for sporting outfit, floating trophy, gold medal while the runner up will get R10 000 for sporting attire and silver medal. The third place achiever will get R5000 plus bronze medal. While the tournament will more than 500 players in action, Enoch Molefe, respected and retired Fifa assistant referee, said a total of 18 match officials (referees) per match will be involved as part of holistic advancement of development of football.

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