Photographed during the ceremony are from left to right Messrs MD Tshitake (Thulfa deputy chairperson), Prince Phandavhudzi (Thulfa general secretary), Cllr Avhashoni Tshifhingo (Thulamela mayor), Cllr FM Makharamedzha and Mr Ronald Makhadi (sports and recreation manager of the Thulamela Local Municipality).
The opening matches for the Thulamela Mayoral Cup Tournament were played at various venues last Sunday.
The tournament was officially launched during a ceremony at the Thulamela Municipality council chamber on Tuesday afternoon. During the ceremony it was revealed that this year’s sponsorship amount will be increased to R71 800.
All affiliates (183 teams) of the Thulamela Local Football Association will take part in the tournament. This year’s champions will walk away with R15 000, a soccer kit, gold medals, 8 soccer balls and a floating trophy. The runners-up will receive R10 000, a soccer kit and silver medals. The third- and fourth-placed sides will receive R7 000 and R5 000 respectively, as well as a soccer kit.
The teams that will be booted out of the tournament in the quarterfinal stage will each receive a consolation prize of R1 000.
The tournament’s top goal scorer, best goalkeeper, best referee and the best player will also receive awards.
According to a statement from the municipality, the prizes are likely to increase dramatically, depending on the amount the mayor, Cllr Avhashoni Tshifhango, will be able to raise during his fundraising campaign. The statement further indicates that the mayor has committed to raising more funds towards the tournament in the coming weeks in a bid to make it a memorable event.
This weekend’s fixtures are: Tshithuthuni Remember My Promise vs Mandala Young Vultures, Fundudzi United Brothers vs Fondwe FC, Shanzha All Stars vs Sheshe Bush Bucks, Thononda All Stars vs Mandala Olympics, MTM United Brothers vs Khalavha Young Vultures, Guyuni All Stars vs Tshambuka FC, Vhurivhuri FC vs Makuya Junior Aces, Maraxwe Happy Boys vs Mashishi Young Tigers, Lukau Hot Spurs vs Mutale Vikings, Tshiombo Try Again vs MD United Brothers, Shadani Dangerous Scorpions vs Mapuloni FC, Dimani Young Masters vs Tshivhilwi Young Bombers, Thohoyandou FC vs Arsenal FC, Tshivhungululu Hungry Vultures vs Mukumbani Shooting Stars, Vondo Vibes vs Ngovhela FC, Tshikovha Arsenal vs Real Madrid, Mbahe FC vs Zwaloni FC, Banyini Flying Swallows vs Tshififi FC, Mulindathavha Ocean Swallows vs Tshidzini FC, Tshilonwe Young Bombers vs Buluni Happy Boys and Sambandou Seven Hunters vs Zwavhavhili FC.
The final is scheduled for Saturday, 4 May.
Date:14 March 2019 - By: Frank Mavhungu
Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990. He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.