Mayoral Cup held in Umzimkhulu

2015-05-22 06:00
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Umzimkhulu Municipality Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga holds up the cup with deputy mayor Sindi Nkala (left) and the Zone 5 ladies soccer team.

PHOTO: supplied Umzimkhulu Municipality Mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga holds up the cup with deputy mayor Sindi Nkala (left) and the Zone 5 ladies soccer team.

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THE Umzimkhulu Local Municipality recently held its annual Mayoral Cup, a culmination of competitive tournaments which started in all Umzimkhulu wards.

The tournament, which includes sport codes such as soccer, netball and volleyball, was organised in partnership with Umzimkhulu Local Football Association and is aimed at discovering and developing talent in sport, particularly­ in rural areas.

“Selectors and coaches had the huge task of finding the best, but we can safely say the main event was a huge success as it attracted people of all ages,” said Umzimkhulu Municipality spokesperson Willie Mgcina.

A former professional soccer player­, Bheki Chiya said he was impressed with the teams that played at the event.

“Teams here have shown a magnificent level of improvement. I just wish that players would take opportunities like this with both hands because it can help them get to bigger platforms,” he said.

Gerald Wardle, head of competition at Safa in Umzimkhulu, commended the teams and the dedication showed by players and the municipality.

Umzimkhulu Municipality mayor Mphuthumi Mpabanga said he viewed all the teams as winners.

“A young person who participates in sport is healthy in the mind and disciplined in their conduct. Youth who are active in sport should not experiment with drugs because such will destroy their career,” he said. Cllr Mpabanga applauded female players, especially those who play soccer­ and male players who play netball, as they do not limit themselves to societal norms.

He also called upon young people to participate in the tournament as its purpose is to “identify talent, empower players and promote sport”.

After the games, the victorious teams were given cups and medals.

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