From left are the captain of Maelula United Brothers, Mpfarisemi “Milo” Neluvhada, Rendani Mudumela, Khathutshelo Muvhumbe, Thilivhali Simali and Rudzani Mafunisa.
Maelula United Brothers were crowned as champions of the MJN Foundation Top 16 Soccer tournament when they beat Black Poison 2-0 in the final match at Madombidzha on Sunday.
During the prize-giving ceremony, Mr Carlson Nemaridili of Gwala Security said that the company would continue to sponsor the rural soccer tournament next season. He also stated that the sponsorship amount would increase.
According to Nemaridili, he believes in serving the community and that was why the company had decided to sponsor the event. “We are part of this community and we are doing this to support local people,” he added.
He praised the committee that managed the sport well and encouraged community members to keep on producing talent among the youth. Nemaridili stated that sponsorships played a vital role in sports development. He described football as a community-building sport that played a major role as far as job creation was concerned.
The secretary of the MJN Foundation, Mr Thendo Mavhandu, appealed to businesspeople to get involved in promoting local activities. He emphasized the importance of education and said that sports people must not neglect their studies. “You can be a star today and be written off the following day. Education will never forsake you, and you can bank on it,” he added. He praised all the sponsors who contributed to the tournament.
The winners of the tournament, Maelula United Brothers, received R10 000, a new soccer kit, gold medals and a trophy. The runners-up, Black Poison, went home with R7 000, a new soccer kit and silver medals. The third and fourth positions went to Mauluma and Zamen United, who received R3 000 each.
The champions in the Top 8 champions were Madombidzha Try Again. They received R5 000 and gold medals. The runners-up, Manavhela Black Aces, collected R3000 and silver medals.
The tournament was sponsored by Matsila Development Trust, Gwala Security, Rueben Mosefuwa, Thabelo Funerals, Cell C, Drewmach Branding, Iceburg Trading and SND Civils.
Date:25 March 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.