Heritage unites through sports

2015-10-01 06:00

Teams participating in the tournament declared their stance against social ills like racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

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Teams participating in the tournament declared their stance against social ills like racism, xenophobia and discrimination. PHOTO: siyavuya khaya

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While many celebrated Heritage Day with their families, scores of budding soccer players in Endlovini did so through sport.

Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) hosted a football tourney in celebration of the day and it is an annual tournament. This tournament is aimed at keeping the youth occupied and it also hopes to bring social cohesion among the youth of this area.

It was a memorable day as people were entertained by various traditional youth groups as well as elder people who performed great African dances. A scorching weather could not deter soccer fanatics from singing and dancing in support of their teams.

Ward 98 councillor, Anele Gabuza applauded the endless efforts of VPUU in its attempt in derailing the youth from being lured to join gangsterism and doing drugs. “This tournament plays a vital role in giving upcoming footballers an opportunity to showcase their god given talents and I urge other organisations and companies to give back to impoverish communities,” he said.

Friendly words of war were exchanged between coaches before the tournament kicked off . Green Lovers FC surprised even themselves when they defeated the mighty Highlanders who have only lost once this season.

It was a tournament of goals galore as Highlanders under 13 were thrashed 3-1 by the underrated Green Lovers. With just five minutes in the game Highlanders were trailing by 2, but they managed to score one back , however, that goal served as waking up sleeping lions as Green Lovers responding by scoring a well taken free.

Green Lovers coach, Thanduxolo Skhoma praised his side for displaying a great performance and for showing resilience. He said Highlanders beat them in the league and they were hard at training trying to improve their weakness and they never gave them a space to breathe which worked for them.

Monwabisi Football Association secretary, Mncedi Mbilini said they are grateful to VPUU for once again for being the sponsors of this prestigious event.

Mbilini encouraged the parents to support their children especially when they are involved in sport and appealed to the parents to go out and watch their children. “Endlovini is plagued by crime and gangsterism by recruiting young people to play football they hope they can defeat this,” he said.

Highlanders under 15 were favourites and they never disappointed as they played a mesmerizing football, which left their opponent Masango FC chasing shadows. Highlanders won the under-15 section.

Highlanders FC coach, Siyabulela Mehlokomo said their under 15 had to win as their under 13 lost in the final and they were simply a better side. He further said that technically they better and they had more ball possession than they opponents. “ even thou our under 13 lost, im glad that four of my players received individuals wards for their performance, which proves that we were better side and we just never convicted our chances,” he said.

Olona Sokhetye 15, from Highlanders was voted the best player of the tournament .

“ I am not the only who received the award Sibusiso Nyongwana, Lukhangele Rhoji, Unam Lumka also received awards and we all thank our coaches who made us who we are,” he said

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