Injongo receives new soccer kit

2019-09-26 06:01
Leanrers wearing the new kit donated by the MTN 8 Legends. Andries Burton and Benedict Vilakazi are holding the MTN 8 Cup. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Leanrers wearing the new kit donated by the MTN 8 Legends. Andries Burton and Benedict Vilakazi are holding the MTN 8 Cup. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Learners and teachers from Injongo Primary School in Khayelitsha were on cloud nine when members of the MTN 8 Legends donated soccer equipment to the school on Thursday 19 September.

Some of the legends who attended the event were former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Benedict Vilakazi and former Santos defender Andries Burton.

They donated three full kits with 16 sets each, 16 pairs of soccer boots, 16 pairs of shin guards and 12 balls. The legends also held coaching clinics from the Thursday to Saturday and showed the learners the new MTN 8 Cup.

Vilakazi said the initiative is a nationwide programme sponsored by MTN 8 to promote the soccer tournament. The annual tourmanent is played by the top eight teams in the previous Premier Soccer League (PSL) season. Winners walk away with R8 milllion. The final for this year’s competition is between Supersport United and Highlands Park. It will be played at Orlando Stadium on Saturday 5 October.

“This is part of giving back to the supporters and allowing them to be involved in the game. During the final game fans will be allowed to select their man of the match and one fan will win a trip overseas together with his or her partner,” he said. “What is nice about this year is that if a fan wins something he or she has the right to exchange it for cash.”

Injongo principal Sithembile Mhletywa described the event as a great initiative to develop players. He said they have a good relationship with MTN. The MTN Foundation built the school a computer lab. He said the school members are honoured and appreciate what MTN 8 has done for them. “By having a soccer kit, I believe the spirit of the boys will be boosted when they are playing,” he said.

Grade 5 learner Sibusiso Mtshawulana (11) expressed their gratitude to the legends for giving them soccer equipment. “We didn’t have a kit and were using t-shirts of the dancers when we were playing. Now we will be recognised,” said Mtshawulana.

He said former Kaizer Chiefs player Simphiwe Tshabalala is his favourite player.

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