A lot of progress has been recorded at the construction site of the state of the art sports centre at Masisi under Ward 12 of Musina Municipality. An amount of R7 million has been put aside to finance the project.

The sports centre project was conceived after consultation with the local people who raised a serious challenge of sports facility shortage in their area.

The scope of work in the project includes the construction multipurpose courts, grassed soccer field with irrigation system, concrete palisade, guard room, changing rooms, drilling of borehole and ablution facilities.

A jubilant local soccer player, Takalani Ndou said upon completion, the project will help to improve the standard of sports and healthy living styles in the area. He says some of the young people in the village resort to criminal activities because they have nothing to do after school. “Young people are always lingering up and down the streets because there is nothing that keeps them busy. We also believe that the number of young people who engage in drugs, alcohol abuse and criminal activities will be lowered after the completion of the project. We really thank Musina Municipality for listening to our plea by providing us with this facility. We will make sure that it is kept clean and safe at all times.”

Musina Municipality’s Communications Manager, Mr. Wilson Dzebu says the municipality views recreational facilities in a very serious note. “Sport is very important – not only to kids, but for adults as well. When you play sports, you meet so many people you probably wouldn’t if you didn’t play. Sport isn’t only fun, it keeps you in shape too. You improve your agility, endurance, and overall strength.”

He urged local community members to guard against any vandalism in the new facility. “The facility belongs to all community members and it is everyone’s duty to make sure that it is safe at all times. If we handle it with care, its lifespan will be prolonged and this will also benefit the coming generation.”