School rugby gains mileage

2015-11-26 06:00
 Primary school children from the Site B belting it out for their team during the tournament.

Primary school children from the Site B belting it out for their team during the tournament.

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Talent is abundant in the townships and this was evident during a primary schools tournament staged by an avid rugby coach at the Khayelitsha Stadium last week.

The AJ Lamani and Via Media Rugby Cup saw Ikhusi, Injongo,Soyisile, Sosebenza, Sobambisana, Kuyasa, Sakumlandela, Homba and Delft Primary Schools battle it out for the under-13 trophies, in both the boys and girls sections.

Ayanda Lamani, who organised the games, said the standard was very high and each school was a “winner by merely participating”.

“These kids learnt a lot during this tournament. We used it as a session to share skills whilst competing hard for the trophy,” said Lamani.

After an array of tough games, Soyisile Primary School emerged victors in the boys rugby section whilst in the girls section, Chumisa Primary took the spoils.

Lamani, who is a development coach at the Western Province Rugby said he was driven by passion to stage such a tournament.

“This was our first attempt and next year we will feature high schools when we stage the same tournament in April,” he said.

Lamani singled out Iqhayiya High School principal Ayanda Mbava and Terror Ngubelanga for supporting him in his quest to stage this tournament.

Khayelitsha Sports Council chairman Thembile Gamzana hailed this effort as a “strategic way of enforcing development”.

“These children must be taught from an early age about the basics of rugby so that when the time comes, they can represent the country,” he said.

Masibulele Bokoyi and Zaza Maqhosha who spent 10 months on a rugby sports exchange in Norway shared some of his skills with the learners.

“These kids are very enthusiatic and with proper guidance some of them will prosper,”

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