‘All systems go’ for coming fest

2019-01-24 06:01
Mlulamile Gamndana and Lunga Smile say its all systems go for the annual music and sports festival in Lwandle this weekend.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

Mlulamile Gamndana and Lunga Smile say its all systems go for the annual music and sports festival in Lwandle this weekend.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

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The preparations for the sixth annual LNG Music and Sports Festival, which will again be held at Lwandle Sports Complex, are well underway.

The festival, which initially started as a sports tournament for older people who wanted to keep fit and healthy, has grown over the years, with former professional soccer players also showcasing their skills as part of teams at previous tournaments. It will be held this weekend (25 to 27 January)

Organiser Lunga Smile says preparations for the three-day showcase are on track. “We are eagerly waiting for teams to join us tomorrow (Friday), which marks the first day of the festival,” he related.

“We have marketed the festival well this year and our assessments show that everything is going according to plan.”

Last year, former Ajax Cape Town and Orlando Pirates striker Thembinkosi “Terror” Fanteni was one of the tournament’s top goal scorers, while former Bafana Bafana captain Thabo Mngomeni was on the sidelines coaching his team.

Co-organiser Mlulamile Gamndana says teams from as far as Gugulethu are expected to enter the soccer tourney. “More people have shown interest in the festival, and teams from far away have already booked their places,” he said.

“People can expect on-field entertainment from former professional footballers and local players alike. There will also be music and dance showcases throughout the three days.”

For the first time, the soccer tournament will be without the Rastafarian team, which lost a member in a car accident, and who will be buried on Saturday the 26th.

Taxi drivers, police officers and educators are expected to be among the teams participating.

Smile says more senior and u-18 categories have been added this year. “We did not want to exclude others, because seniors and under-18s showed interest over the years; they are now part of the festival.”

The radio personality added the festival was still in need of sponsorship.

“We need monetary prizes for the teams that participate, and we need sponsors,” he said.

“At this year’s the festival we will also host prospective sponsors for next year’s one.”

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