The members of Tshikhwani Stone Breakers display their new soccer kit. At the right is the donor, Dr Stanley Radzilani.
The youthful Tshikhwani Stone Breakers received the donation of a new soccer kit, balls and soccer boots from Dr Stanley Radzilani of the Spirit Ambassadors International Ministries on Saturday.
The handing over was held at the headquarters of the church at Tshirenzheni and was attended by many members of the community, church members and the leadership of the community. Radzilani spent more than R25 000 to purchase the equipment.
Stone Breakers have performed well, despite not having a sponsor. The youths had been playing soccer in old clothes for a very long time. They could not believe their eyes when a local pastor handed them brand new soccer kit, balls and soccer boots. Radzilani said he recently received a request from the club management for assistance and "we felt compelled to help."
He said he was very passionate about sport and would continue assisting the team where possible. He added that the donation was also a way of motivating the team to continue dominating the league. Radzilani stated that, as a church, they felt obliged to assist the government in its efforts to fight crime, hence their decision to take the children off the streets through a sponsorship. He said the church was looking forward to seeing the team produce players that wouldfeature in the national team in coming years.
Mr Masia Mulaudzi of Tshikhwani Stone Breakers thanked Pastor Radzilani for his gesture towards the development of soccer in the rural areas. “We lack even some of the basic equipment such as soccer boots, shin guards and other necessities for the players. We are very happy to have received this morale-boosting gesture," he said.
Date:04 December 2016 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.