Tournament to honour legend

2019-12-12 06:00
Lwandle Primary School’s u.12 girl’s team beat Hopolang Combined School 6-3 in the finals. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Lwandle Primary School’s u.12 girl’s team beat Hopolang Combined School 6-3 in the finals. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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The community of Khayelitsha came out in numbers to support the inaugural girl’s soccer tournament held on Saturday 7 December, at Hopolang Combined School.

The tournament was hosted by Ikasi Soccer School, a coaching and talent development programme for young girls, in honour of Themba Jozana who mentored young soccer boys from the area.

Founder and director of Ikasi Dumisani Ntsodo said they coach girls from nine to 15 from four different schools including Lwandle, Kukhanyile and Eluxolweni primary schools.

He said they decided to host the tournament to remember their Jozana, who died in 2015.

Ntsodo said Jozana encouraged the boys to play soccer when they were growing up to stay away from all the bad things.

He said he would be happy to see that they are continuing to share their skills with young girls from Khayelitsha.

Ntsodo said he is happy with the progress the girls have made because they now know the basics of soccer and have developed also developed new skills.

Ntombizanele Jozana, wife of the late Jozama, said she had mixed emotions at first about the tournament. She said in the end she was happy to see that the boys her husband used to mentor are still continuing his work.

She said it is also a good thing what the young men are doing because they are keeping the youth away from the streets.

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