Elephants triumph at first try

2015-10-22 06:00

Khayelitsha Mighty Elephants came second at national games played in Pretoria last weekend. Insert: Mighty Elephant members showing some of the trophies they won in Pretoria.

Khayelitsha Mighty Elephants came second at national games played in Pretoria last weekend. Insert: Mighty Elephant members showing some of the trophies they won in Pretoria.

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“Vini, vidi, vinci: We came, saw and conquered,” that could have been the feeling that engulfed members of the Khayelitsha 2 Mighty Elephants team as they travelled back from Pretoria.

The team returned triumphantly from the 9th International SCORE Cup of Heroes competition held at Kgosi Mampuru Prison last weekend.

They were placed number two in overall standings after competing with 10 other teams from across South Africa and two from Namibia.

SCORE program co-ordinator Songelwa Sicuku said for the first time in history, two teams from Khayelitsha were represented.

“Two teams came from Khayelitsha and this was the first time ever that two teams came from the same community,” she said.

Mighty Elephants, based in Harare and Endlovini made history in the nine years of the tournament by grabbing the top spot despite being novices.

“It was their first paricipation, but they came second, winning three sets of Adidas kit and five trophies, including the golden boot in all the codes they played in,” said Songelwa.

The team was just three points behind the winning side, Moshate from Limpopo.

Also Moshate has done well for itself considering it came last in 2013.

“I am overwhelmed with the results and the dedication of the entire team. I would really like to pass special gratitude to Kwamfundo High School, and especially the English teachers, that helped a lot in supporting learners to research and prepare the different projects and presentations that the Cup of Heroes competition requires.

“That is because this competition is not only about sports but also projects like Community Service, Health and Environment, and the team must also perform and make presentations on stage,” she said.

Songelwa challenged parents, stakeholders and local leaders to support the youth in taking a initiative in making a difference.

The Cup of Heroes is SCORE’s main program using sport to promote social change in communities.

This year’s theme was “Celebrating the African Union Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development” and one of the projects the team worked on was developing women’s sports.

Songelwa added that community can be proud of what they have achieved.

“We have out Khayelitsha on the national map, we have netball player in Proteas, this must inspire us to work even harder to develop talent in our community and especially to give girls and women a chance.” she said

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