Bab’Ndima honoured

2018-07-04 06:02
PHOTO: jerry barnesEdendale FA President Skhulu Vilakazi (left) hands over a memorial photograph of the late Johannes “Baba” Ndiba to his eldest daughter Kha Ndima.

PHOTO: jerry barnesEdendale FA President Skhulu Vilakazi (left) hands over a memorial photograph of the late Johannes “Baba” Ndiba to his eldest daughter Kha Ndima.

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EDENDALE’s late groundsman Johannes “Baba” Ndima, who worked and looked after Wadley Stadium for two decades, was honoured this past Sunday as the Edendale Football Association (EFA) rounded off the finals of the Bab’Ndima Legacy Cup in style at Wadley Stadium.

The competition was played by all 22 teams affiliated to the EFA.

Teams clashed in the finals were Ok Mata FC and The Legends FC. Both sides started the game on the high note but looked tight at the back. Eventually, Legends FC edged out Mata 1-0.

EFA President Skhulu Vilakazi said the oldest football body in Pietermaritzburg decided to honour Ndima because he was an honest and passionate servant of the game.

“Bab’Ndima spent his entire life, and also sacrificed his family time, working around Wadley Stadium for a very long time. He was a father figure and taught us a lot. We learnt honestly, passion and punctuality from him.

“During his time, Wadley Stadium had the best pitch in the Greater Pietermaritzburg area. The tournament was just to pay respect, honour him and celebrate his legacy,”said Vilakazi.

Ndima’s eldest daughter, and well known passionate soccer follower in Edendale, Kha Ndima said her family felt proud and humbled by the EFA’s actions.

“Today we feel like celebrities. The tournament, held by EFA to honour our late father, means a lot to us and we really felt important,”said Ndima.

The EFA presented the family with a framed photograph made in memory of their father.

According to Vilakazi, the Bab’Ndima Legacy Cup will be an annual event.

Former Machibisa Fast XI prominent player and EFA member Tom “London”Ngcobo said: “Ndima’s work ethics were out of this world, and his spirit will live forever”.

“Besides being a father figure around Wadley Stadium, Ndima was like a life coach, motivator, disciplinarian and loved by everybody.

“We all knew that, when we passed that gate, we would be greeted by him with a big smile, jokes and encouragement.

Even now, when I enter Wadley Stadium, I still look around as if I’m going to see him,”ended Ngcobo.

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