The sponsor, Mr Masala Ramaphosa.
The annual Masawe U/15 Soccer Tournament will not be staged this year. According to one of the tournament organizers, Mr Cedrick Ramaliba, the event was supposed to be staged at the Vhufuli Gooldville grounds over the last weekend of next month and the first weekend of July.
Ramaliba said that the national lockdown was the only factor that would make it impossible for them to stage the tournament. He added that the organizers had already started with the arrangements for the tournament when the lockdown was announced. He also stated that they were forced to stop with the arrangements after realizing that it would not be possible for them to stage it under the circumstances.
Asked if the Masawe Open Soccer Tournament would not be staged at all this year, Ramaliba said that making a prediction was difficult as the event was normally staged during the festive holidays.
He described the cancellation of the U/15 tournament as a major setback to the participating teams. He stated that most of the clubs had financial constraints, saying they used the prize monies in the day-to-day administration of the teams. Teams from Vhufuli village and the surrounding areas take part in both the U/15 and the open tournament.
Eleven teams took part in the tournament last year. They were: Vondwe United, Vhufuli Mveledziso FC, Domboni FC, Ngwenani FC, Mavhola Tiger Boys, Gooldville Development, Makhuvha Development, Vondwe Juventus, Tshitereke Junior Citizens, Makhuvha Up the Ants Junior and Lavani Arsenal.
Vondwe Juventus were crowned the champions last year, beating Makhuvha Up the Ants Junior 3-2 in the final. Juventus were presented with R2 000, soccer kit, a floating trophy, gold medals, a soccer ball and 15 pairs of soccer boots. Makhuvha Up the Ants Junior took home R1 250, soccer kit, soccer boots, a soccer ball and silver medals. A local businessman, Mr Masala Ramaphosa, of Masawe Holdings, sponsored the tournament from inception three years ago.
Date:28 May 2020 - 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.