‘Please help us realise our dream’

2016-02-04 06:00
 Masiphumelele Primary Schools awesome chess team fro, left to right is Simamkele Dyantyi, Amahle Nkomo, Zintle Rubushe, coach Loyiso Mdokwe, Lunathi Mfeketho, Vuyo Sophangisa, Lizalise Mbotyi while Sinoxolo Sokoyi was absent.   PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Masiphumelele Primary Schools awesome chess team fro, left to right is Simamkele Dyantyi, Amahle Nkomo, Zintle Rubushe, coach Loyiso Mdokwe, Lunathi Mfeketho, Vuyo Sophangisa, Lizalise Mbotyi while Sinoxolo Sokoyi was absent. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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A group of promising chess players from Khayelitsha have found themselves unable to reach their full potential as lack of funding remains a hindrance in their progress.

The Masiphulelele Primary School has over the years proven to be one of the best performing schools in the province.

Their girls’ under-14 team has won the provincial games in their division for three years in a row and recently lost out in the national competition after they were tied with the Free State team.

They lost the tie because they had drawn in the competition while their competitors didn’t. Even after their loss their coach Loyiso Mdokwe told City Vision that it is proof of their improving play.

“Last time they came in fourth prostitution and the fact that this year they were so close to the number one spot gives us the confidence that they are getting better and better.

They have also remained consistent in regional and provincial competitions,” said Mdokwe. He said that the schools success has one of the biggest factors in the success of the nearby high schools chess team who receives learners from the school.

He said that the number of pupils that are interested in chess keeps growing with 41 registered members and more casually playing at the school.

He believes that more can be expected from his charges were it not for the fact that they sometimes miss out on competitions due to lack of money for travelling and participation.

“It gets so hard that sometimes I have to take money from my own pocket to make things possible.

If the local business and parents can get more involved in the development of sports we could see amazing things from these children,” he said.

The team’s standout performer, Yamkela Silwana, has also found it had to attend all the competition needed to attend due to lack of financial support.

The 12 year olds skills in the mind game has seen her been selected to represent the provincial team at the national games.

“She started playing at the age of nine and has developed into one of the best local players by consistently performing well but again funding remains a problem. We really need the support so that our children can be empowered so that they can be world beater.

It is quite unfair and painful that a child can’t compete because of lack of funding rather than ability,” he said.

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