Local youth to play in own ‘World Cup quarter-finals’

2010-06-30 00:00

THE Natal Museum, in partnership with the SA Football Association (Safa) and the SA Schools Football Association (Sasfa), will be hosting an under 13 football tournament at Collegians Sports Club over three days during July.

The tournament will include teams from eight local primary schools, each representing a Fifa World Cup side that has made it to the quarter-finals stage.

In an attempt to keep up with the World Cup spirit, the tournament will begin on July 2, the same day that the first quarter-finals matches will be played in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

Teams from Mthethomusha, Caluza, Fezokuhle, Funulwazi, Pelham, Copesville, Ramatha Road and Scottsville will all be competing in a knockout format over three days — July 2, 6 and 9.

The Natal Museum’s tournament organiser Bona Nyawose says that a tournament like this is very important to the youth of Pietermaritzburg.

“We are trying to promote an awareness of football to show youngsters that it is a healthy and fun activity,” she said. “It is a very good way to keep them busy during these long school holidays.”

The winners of the five-a-side tournament will receive trophies and gold medals, with medals also being issued to the sides that finish second and third.

Collegians have agreed to work closely with the participating schools in the future in an attempt to keep a focus on football in Pietermaritzburg. The sports club will also be donating soccer boots to some of the underprivileged sides that will be participating.

The Natal Museum hosted a football seminar on June 3 and is planning to host another one on July 22.

“We are hoping that we will be able to get one of the Bafana Bafana players who was involved in the World Cup squad to talk at our next seminar,” said Nyawose.

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