Mashudu Mafunise, Mandala's U/50 playmaker, on the attack.
Since 2016, when the Mulaudzi Bus Service tournament for elderly women and gogos started, Mandala Hot Chillies have been dominating it. This year was no exception and the title holders walked away with the trophy once again.
This year’s tournament took place at the Mushaathoni grounds in Sendedza Tshavhalovhedzi. As usual, it was held on Human Rights Day.
The tournament was divided into two categories, one for ages between 40 and 59 and one for the gogos over 60. Hot Chillies won both categories.
Eight teams participated in this year’s tournament, four in each age group, namely Tshixwadza with only 60 and above, Mandala with both under 50s and 60+ , Dopeni with only under 50s and Sendedza with both under 50s and above 60.
In the first games for under 50s, Sendedza Queens (who were playing at home) were humiliated by the ladies of Dopeni when they knocked them out of the tournament during the first round with a 4-0 score. In another first-round match, the ladies of Mandala Hot Chilies beat Tshithuthuni Princesses 2-1. In the final, Mandala beat the Dopeni team 2-0.
In the gogos challenge’s first-round matches, the clash between Mandala and Sendedza Queens ended with Mandala leading 3-0. In the second match, Tshixwadza scored a 1 -0 victory over Tshithuthu Princesses.
Mr Joel Mulaudzi, manager of Mulaudzi Bus Services (the sponsors of the tournament), said that the aim of the tournament was to create a form of exercise for old people. He also urged elderly people from other villages to participate in such tournaments, as it was for their own benefit. Mulaudzi also appealed to traditional leaders and the Department of Health to support such tournaments.
Date:28 March 2019 - By: Maanda Bele
Maanda Bele, born and raised in Nzhelele Siloam, is currently a third year journalism student at the Tshwane University of Technology.
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