Collins Sebola Group's managing director, Mr Collins Sebola (right) and Makhado Local Football Association's Mr Mpfariseni Phathela (left) hand the winners' cup to the captain of Tshiozwi Pat Mates, Theophilus "Malika" Maphari.
Tshiozwi Pat Mates were crowned the champions of the inaugural CS Security & Collins Sebola Inc Top 8 Tournament, which was held at the Mabaleng Sports Centre on Saturday and Sunday.
Mates met Ravele Highlanders in the final and the score was 1-1 at the end of regulation time. The champions were determined by penalties and Mates won 5-4.
Pat Mates received R8 000, a soccer kit package, 30 gold medals, eight soccer boots, eight Mikasa soccer balls, eight shin guards, a first aid kit, a coaching board and coaching book, captain’s armband, kit bags, finger protection gloves and a pump.
“We had prepared for the tournament some weeks before the actual matches and it had put us in a good position to win the tournament,” said Tshiozwi Pat Mates' coach, Mr Tumi Mamorobela.
Collins Sebola Group's managing director, Mr Collins Sebola, said that he was pleased with how the tournament had been run and that he was moved by Mamu Community Development's integrity and skill to bring together eight teams and a massive audience of fans to attend the event. “We don't see the reason why we should not work with Mamu Community Development in hosting this great event and all other related youth-building activities in Youth Month next year and even the year after next year,” Sebola said.
The tournament was further supported by Premjee & Son Cash and Carry, Hollywoodbets, KFC, Talisman Hire, Nkoli Enterprise, Mikasa Sports Every Day, Leach Printers, Hyundai Louis Trichardt, and Phadziri Bus Service & Phadziri Coaches.
“We thank all people who had helped to make this great tournament possible,” said the general secretary for Mamu Community Development, Mr Jafter Mamugudubi. “We are happy that we had entered into a five-year sponsorship agreement with Mr Collins Sebola, who is keen to continue walking this beautiful journey with us.”
The other teams that played in the tournament were Sinthumule Dangerous Stars, Madabani Zoutpansberg Powerline, Madombidzha Chris United, Tshikota Chelsea, Tshiozwi Gwazda United and Madombidzha Try Again.
Date:21 June 2019 - By: Tshifhiwa Mukwevho
Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho was born in 1984 in Madombidzha village, not far from Louis Trichardt in the Limpopo Province. After submitting articles for roughly a year for Limpopo Mirror's youth supplement, Makoya, he started writing for the main newspaper. He is a prolific writer who published his first book, titled A Traumatic Revenge in 2011. It focusses on life on the street and how to survive amidst poverty. His second book titled The Violent Gestures of Life was published in 2014.