Ward councillor surprises Milan Stars players on Women’s Day

2019-08-14 06:00
Milan Stars netball coach Sithandiwe Mkize presents the medal to Nelisa Rala.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

Milan Stars netball coach Sithandiwe Mkize presents the medal to Nelisa Rala.Photo:SELBY MADIKANE

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WARD 23 Councillor Sandile Nzanzeka surprised Milan Stars by presenting them with sports equipment and kit at their end of the season awards function in Motherwell NU 2 on Women’s Day.

Nzanzeka said he was approached by Milan Stars, who made an application for sports kit and equipment some time ago, and decided to surprise the club by fulfilling his promise during their awards function.

“We decided to surprise Stars today, as they did expect us to be giving them the kit and equipment that they applied for.

“We are here to fulfil our promise because a basket that is full of empty promises frustrates the community.

“We are so delighted to see the youth taking part in sport. The kit and equipment cost R18 000,” he said.

Football head coach Monwabisi Mowbray Bless said the equipment and kit would help a lot.

“The equipment would help to enhance the skills of the players.

“Since we have a youthful side, (most of whom) did not start in the club’s development stages, the equipment will help to make things easier.”

The netball coach, Sithandiwe Mkize, stated that she was very happy when her teams received equipment and kit from Nzanzeka.

Mkize said that they had been using only one set of kit and one ball for their team.

“We only had one ball to use for our practice sessions and games. Today we are so delighted because Nzanzeka has made life easier for our netball team,” said Mkize.

Milan Stars chairperson Major Pikoli also thanked the councillor’s office for coming to his club’s rescue.

“Nzanzeka understands our plight as a club.

“We appreciate this generosity that has been made possible by the office of Nzanzeka.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Nzanzeka and his office for buying us balls, water bottles, soccer kit, netball kit, stopwatches, cones, markers and many more,” concluded Pikoli.

Milan Stars awarded medals to two of their outstanding netball players, Liyema Smith and Kwakhanya Nja­bulo.

Athandwa Mkize, an u/10 player; Aphiwe Somfula and Lisakhanya Fezi who are u/12 players; Makukhanye Mkize, Anathi Ncapai and Lisakhanya Qekema, who are u/15 players; and Lamla Sojola, Sibusiso Kilane and top goal scorer Songezo Ndamase received a gold medal each.

Nelisa Rala, a parent, also received a gold medal for her moral support to the entire club.

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