From left to right: Tondani Rathumbu, Hulisani Mbodi, Mbengani Tshibvumo, Kante Mukondeleli, Tondi Mudau and Phumudzo Mudimeli display framed soccer shirts that were handed to the families of the late soccer players.
Soccer Lovers convened at the Madombidzha soccer field to watch the remembrance soccer tournament in honour of the five players who had lost their lives between 1999 and 2016.
Victor Netshivangani, Judas Musiamo and Bethuel Mamburu died in a car accident when the team were on their way to play a match against Muwaweni Lucky Stars. The trio played for Madombidzha Try Again during the 1998/9 season. Though all three were never on the pitch at the same time‚ they were frequently part of match-day squads.
Tshilidzi Sithari and Mulalo Mphilo died in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Their families received framed soccer shirts at the remembrance tournament.
The teams that participated in the tournament were Chris United, Tshikhwani Stone Breakers, Madombidzha Try Again, Madombidzha Arsenal, Madombidzha Congo X, Magau United and Dolphins FC.
Arsenal beat Congo XI 5-2 in the final and received a trophy, R1 900 cash and gold medals. Congo XI, the runners-up, received R900 and silver medals.
One of the organisers of the tournament, Mr Balanganani Mafela, said that part of the aim of the annual tournament was to keep young people busy during the festive season. The tournament also served as a scouting platform for players with good soccer skills. The event was supported by sponsors and individuals.
“Victor Netshivangani and Judas Musiamo were quality players‚ that is for sure‚” Mafela said. “Sometimes players just need to find their feet a bit when they come from the lower divisions.”
Date:16 January 2021 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.