A long-awaited soccer tournament kicked off on Saturday 11 January in Philippi and is expected to finish the end of the month.At least 32 teams from Philippi and surrounding areas are participating in the Rainbow Annual Soccer Tournament. The event is held at both Vuyiseka Sport Complex and Browns Farm Soccer Ground. Some of the teams that are participating are from Khayelitsha, Dunoon, Mitchell’s Plain, Crossroads, Philippi, Lower Crossroads, Samora Machel, Kraaifontein, Mfuleni, Heideveld and Mandalay. Event organiser Brain Matiwane said it is the second time the event is taking place. He stated that their objective is to create a relationship and unite different communities. “We know sport is a universal language and people like it. We want to remove all the barriers that were created by the apartheid regime to separate us and be able to live together in harmony,” he said. Matiwane said their dream is to see people moving freely in any community without being judged based on race. “We want to create a relationship between blacks and coloured people. We want to see black people going to Mitchell’s Plain or Heideveld and also coloured people doing the same in our townships, without fear,” he stated. Matiwane said the tournament is still in the group stages and the knockout stages will start this coming weekend. “The finals will be played on 28 January. The winner will walk away with R10 000, a trophy and medals. The runners-up will take home R4 000 and medals,” he stated.He described the tournament as a platform for unknown players to showcase their talent. “We have invited officials from other leagues to come and scout players for their teams. Players have an opportunity to play in better leagues next season if they are scouted,” said Matiwane. He added that they want to take the youth away from the streets.