Eight junior soccer teams participated in a one day tournament held in Zandspruit on 3 November, as a way to remember two kids recently electrocuted by illegal electricity.
The winners walked away with t-shirts from Bidvest and soccer balls.
According to ward 114 Public Relations councillor Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku, it was a good thing to keep the youngsters busy with sports activities, following the recent electrocutions.
“I was approached by a number of youngsters in the community concerned about sport activities” she said, “then I decided to organize the tournament to remember the kids who were electrocuted.”
Kayser-Echeozonjoku said they were currently focusing on soccer, which kids are mostly interested in, as a way to keep them from possible electrocutions.
“It is my first month in Zandspruit, and my role is to see that service delivery takes place in this community, “she added. “I think this is a good start because the community feels that we should be doing this every month.”
Children who live in informal settlement, Kayser-Echeozonjoku said, are close to her heart. She said if the community manages to keep the young ones occupied, drug abuse would be lessened.
Khumbulani Ngcobo, a Zandspruit community member, said he was happy for the community to be considered in sports for consolation after the loss of two kids.
Yarona FC beat Hungry Lions 2-1 on Sunday 4 November to become this year’s Cosmo Champions league winners.
Twelve teams from three groups competed in the knockout tournament. The group winners and one best runner up qualified to play in the semifinals. On their way to the final, Yarona FC defeated FC 20 in the semifinals to meet Hungry Lions who also dismissed Bridgetown Rovers in another semifinal encounter.
An elated Yarona FC founder Caswell Mfondo was full of praise of his players.
“This achievement is a milestone to us,” he said. “I am excited and proud of the team. As a whole, I think we deserved winning. It means that we have at least set a tone, and it shows that we are ready to face any team in the league. Our focus is now on working towards winning the league title.”
The aim of the tournament was to elevate Cosmo City Football League (CCFL), said Tshepo Mothusi the secretary of Cosmo City Football League.
“Our aim is to have a league that is properly run, and to move to the next level,” Mothusi said. “We are slowly but surely getting there. We are trying our best to fund ourselves and promote the league.”
Without soccer in the community, most kids would be spending their time gambling, said Bongani “Figo” Skhosana, Yarona FC player.
“Gambling leads to crime, theft and murder,” Figo said. “So it is good that we are doing something that will keep us busy on weekends.”
Diepsloot Sports fanatics partnered with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and organized a two day soccer tournament to fight against drug abuse and crime.
Diepsloot Sports against Crime Tournament is a holiday sports program which is done every end of school term to keep the youth away from the streets.
The tournament against drug abuse comes just month after South Africa’s Constitutional Court passed down a judgment that makes it legal for adults to cultivate and smoke marijuana in their homes. The 29 to 30 September tournament saw 34 soccer teams from Diepsloot and Cosmo City participating. The following are the teams which won during the tournament: Diepsloot junior chiefs (Under 12) Oliven junior chiefs (under 14) Bophelong (under 16). The winners were awarded kits trophies and medals.
“It is sad that girls are also starting to get involved in Nyawope drugs,” said Thabo Wesi the general secretary of Diepsloot Stream. “This Nyawope drug has taken away a lot of joy from the Diepsloot youth, and it drives the youth to be thieves and robbers.”
Wesi added that the tournament was an opportunity to raise awareness about the side effects of drugs and crime to the youngsters.
“The tournament was well organized and soccer has become a great tool to address such social issues,” Wesi said. “A child in sports is a child out of jail. We have to make a good pathway for the children by using sports to take them out of bad habits.”
He said that it is important to keep the youth busy as it would keep them focused.
Six netball teams participated in a heritage day tournament on 24 September 2018 at Multipurpose to honor South African heritage through sports.
Lebogang Ramatlho, a member of Cosmo City’s Sports Forum and a netball coach, organized the one day tournament to celebrate heritage day. The participating teams were from Cosmo City Zandspruit and Diepsloot. Nyeletsi Netball Club won the tournament and The Young Ones became the runners up. Some of the teams which participated include Conquerors, Ultimate girls and The Flying Squad.
Ramatlho told Cosmo City Chronicle that it was a good thing for the ladies to spend the day celebrating in the netball pitch as it shows the linkage between heritage and sports. The main aim of the tournament was to show that netball is alive, she said..
“Netball is one of the most overlooked sports in the community,” said Ramatlho. “People always turn a blind eye when it comes to sports that are facilitated by women, but we want to show people that netball is a live sport like soccer.”
She added that getting a proper funding for netball sports is the main challenge they are facing.
“Due to the lack of sponsors, we had nothing to hand over to the winners,” explained Ramatlho . “We hope to get sponsorship so that we can reward medals and trophies to the winners. It will also motivate players because there are so many ladies who are very passionate about netball in our community.”
She concluded that they also face a challenge to ferry players to and from the tournament venues as most of them cannot afford to pay for themselves.
On 6 October Ramatlho will also be hosting an unsponsored tournament at the same venue.