Local football fanatics benefit from a five-day workshop

Coaches Across Continents (CAC) uplifted local football coaches by teaching football and life skills at a successful sport workshop from 11 to 15 February at Emthonjeni in Zandspruit.

Coaches Across Continents (CAC) is a global NGO which works with corporations, governments, foundations, and community based organizations in different continents. Their aim is to create legacies based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 Football coaches and players attended the workshop alongside community members to discuss issues related to football and social life. Coaches Across Continents awarded everyone who attended the workshop.

“We enjoyed the workshop facilitated by Markus Bensch about football and life skills,” said the founder of Football Without Borders (FWB) Michael Mapfunde. “It was all about how to use football games as educational tools to address UN Social Development Goals.”

One of the interesting themes was dealing with gender inequality in football, Mapfunde said.  “We managed to get about 6 women to participate in the workshop. Some of them were soccer players and have the desire to start a women’s soccer club in Zandspruit. We also touched on areas such as drug abuse, health education and conflict resolution”

 The workshop equips young coaches to use football as a tool to engage young kids on various social issues that affect them, Mapfunde said.

Golden Drifters deputy president Peter Fanie Dlamini, who also attended the workshop, said the football seminar would have positive impact especially to the young soccer players.

“The youngsters were also taught how to build mutual relationships with the adults,” Dlamini said. “This will help them to seek advice from the adults about the issues they always shy away from talking about, for example drugs. We are very thankful for the teachings we received at the workshop. It will bring change in local communities.” .fP���

Amanda Pakade elected as Mind Sport South Africa MSSA President

Cosmo City’s own athlete Amanda Pakade is now the president of the Mind Sport South Africa (MSSA) and she aims to change a lot of things in the organisation and throughout the country.

MSSA is a nonprofit association and is an affiliate of the International eSports Federation, Federation de Jeau du Mondiale, and the International Wargames Federation. Due to its membership of such international bodies, the MSSA is the sole authority for the games that it caters for in terms of the Sport and Recreation Act, number 110 of 1998 (as amended).

MSSA is responsible for the good governance and promotion of historical figure games (also known as war-games), Board games (such as Diplomacy, Checkers, Draughts, Morabaraba Sport Stacking etc), Card Gaming, Robotics, and eSports (whether they are played on Cell phones, PSPs or Personal Computers)

 Amanda Pakade said she is set to make a difference in the world of Mind Sport.

“To be honest, let me say I am happy and humbled to be the MSSA president,” she said. “on the other side I am very nervous because I feel like there is a lot of work to be done in this country in order to equip Mind Sport.”

MSSA has been existence for a long time, Pakade said, but its games are still not taken seriously. She said she personally feels that mind sport has been ignored by our government and other stakeholders.

“I think people need to understand that a lot of mind sport games should be taken seriously and controlled,” she added. “In some cases, children play video games for more than 4 hours, which tends to affect them in a bad way. It is unhealthy but it is happening in our country so we need to get rid of that as MSSA. We want children to play in a safe, controlled environment.”

Even with active sport, Pakade added, individuals need mental strength to perform well.

 Having represented MSSA at the site inspection for IESF’S 10th World Championships, attended IESF's 11th Ordinary General Meeting in Kaohsuing, and overseen changes to MSSA's constitution and regulations Pakade proved that she was a hard-worker as well as a formidable committee member who has the vision and ability to lead MSSA “Not a single person stood against Amanda for the position of MSSA President,” said MSSA general secretary Colin Webster. “Even though MSSA's Constitution allows for members to vote against nominations, every member that voted cast their ballot in favor of her.”
With the will of the membership behind her, Pakade has begun her three year term and is determined to effect greater changes that will benefit all athletes.

MMSA Committee members: President - Amanda Pakade; Vice - President - Johan van Breda; Executive Officers - Anabela Joubert, Jason Batzofin, and Leonard Loftus; General Secretary – Colin Webster; Women’s Desk – Blair Hamberger; Board Gaming – Joseph Matlhong; Card Gaming – Paula Loftus; Computer Gaming – Marisa van der Westerhuizen; Wargaming – Terence Allwright; National  Schools Director – vacant; Legal Advisor – Carl Holliday; Disabled Gamer’s Representative – TwaneTollemache; Player’s Representative –  AmonéBekker 

Search resumes for missing plane of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala

Police on the British island of Guernsey resumed the search Wednesday for a missing plane carrying Premier League player Emiliano Sala, who is presumed dead after debris was found in the water.

The light aircraft carrying the Argentine striker, who signed for Cardiff City at the weekend, disappeared from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey on Monday night.

"We have resumed searching," the police said.

"Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since it (the plane) went missing.

"Coastal areas around (the nearby island of) Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands will also be searched from the air."

Sala, who signed on Saturday from French club FC Nantes for a reported fee of $19.3m, was flying to Cardiff on a single-engine Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft.

It has emerged he expressed concerns about the plane on the flight, according to an audio message sent to friends and relatives.

"I'm on a plane that looks like it's going to fall apart, and I'm leaving for Cardiff," Sala said in a WhatsApp audio message carried by Argentine media.

"If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don't know if they will send people to look for me, because they will not find me, you know. Dad, I'm so scared," he added.

A 15-hour search Tuesday covering a 1,155 square-mile (3,000 square-kilometre) area in the Channel spotted "a number of floating objects in the water", Guernsey police said on Tuesday.

"We have found no signs of those on board. If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim," they added. www.sowetanlive.co.za

Zandspruit community use soccer to remember electrocuted kids

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.



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