Cash, medals for mayoral tournament winners

Players and officials of Ariedeli FC celebrate their victory after the annual Musina Municipality Sport Tournament price giving ceremony.Players and officials of Ariedeli FC celebrate their victory after the annual Musina Municipality Sport Tournament price giving ceremony.

A record of more than 100 teams of various sporting codes participated during the week-long annual Musina Municipality Sport Tournament. The competitions were held at Lesley Manyathela Stadium. Musina Municipality, through the offices of the mayor, sponsored the tournament with a total of R200.000.00. Other sponsors who came on board include Old Mutual, Zenzele Fitness Club and De Beers Venetia Mine. Winning teams went home with cash, trophies and medals.

Municipal spokesperson, Wilson Dzebu said the aim of the tournament is unearth young talent, while at the same time keeping youth from the streets. “Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is part of our mission at the municipality and that is why it is important for us to host this annual tournament. We have been successfully holding this tournament for more than 20 years and stars like the late Lesley Manyathela were unearthed during this initiative. We are glad that the standard for this year’s tournament was high and some players were identified for trials by teams that play on higher leagues. Judging by the high number of sports lovers who graced the tournament, we will work hard to make sure that it becomes one of the prime sports events in the province. This clearly indicates that we are not wasting our money in vain.”

In some of the results, Ariedeli FC, led by their prolific coach, Tito Ndlovu, won the overall soccer championships. The netball championship went to Stings Netball Club whereas Cricket was won by Lovers Cricket Club. Sdudog won the basketball and volleyball championship went to Bulldogs.

The Speaker of Musina Municipality, Cllr. Gilbert Netshisaulu said that municipality strives to unite the people through various initiatives which include sports. “We are happy by the success of these games and I therefore congratulate and commend all individuals and teams who participated in this tournament.”

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