The quarter-final matches of the Thulamela Mayoral Cup Tournament will be staged at the Makhuvha Stadium on Sunday.
Mudaswali United Brothers and Tshikonelo United will open the day’s programme at 09:00. The match that is expected to be the mother of all battles will be between Maraxwe Happy Boys and Lukalo Hotspurs, which is scheduled to kick off at 11:00. The fact that Happy Boys and Hotspurs play carpet football is reason enough for soccer fanatics to expect a thriller.
Tshilavulu Air Light and Luvhimbi Western will play shortly after midday.
The day’s programme will be wrapped up by the match between Vondwe Dangerous Tigers and Tshiulungoma FC at 15:00.
According to the rules of the tournament, no extra time will be added in the event where a game ends in a draw. Instead, the teams will proceed straight to a penalty shootout.
This year’s champions will walk away with R15 000, soccer kit, gold medals, eight 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 booted out of the tournament in the quarter-final stage will each receive 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.
The final is scheduled for Saturday, 4 May, at a venue still to be announced.
Date:12 April 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.