A great place for soc­cer! mes­sage from the Mayor

Grocott's Mail - - NEW YEAR’S CUP -

Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is very proud to have hosted such a suc­cess­ful New Year’s soc­cer tour­na­ment dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

This has been with­out doubt the most at­trac­tive soc­cer tour­na­ment to be hosted in Makana, in terms of prize money. The win­ning team walked away with a well-de­served R100 000 cash prize, a tro­phy and gold medals.

The run­ners up walked away with R50 000 and sil­ver medals.

Third prize took home R25 000 and bronze medals, while fourth walked away with a re­spectable R20 000 cash prize.

The cherry on top was the fact that the tour­na­ment was won by a lo­cal team. Makana Rhini United (Maru) were crowned the in­au­gu­ral win­ners of the tour­na­ment, much to the joy of lo­cal foot­ball lovers.

Ac­cord­ing to Sta­tis­tics SA, 66% of Makana’s pop­u­la­tion falls be­tween 0-33 years of age, there­fore ed­u­ca­tion and re­cre­ation are the corner­stone for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of youth in Makana.

The New Year’s Cup Soc­cer Tour­na­ment came at the right time for Makana. The fes­tive sea­son ex­poses a lot of young peo­ple to al­co­hol and drugs and the tour­na­ment was a wel­come dis­trac­tion for many young peo­ple who took part.

The tour­na­ment is aimed at pro­mot­ing foot­ball de­vel­op­ment in the prov­ince; while also pro­vid­ing an al­ter­na­tive ac­tiv­ity to keep youth away

from drugs and al­co­hol.

Nur­tur­ing up­com­ing youth is key and Makana Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing work­ing with foot­ball de­vel­op­ers to take soc­cer for­ward. The South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa), The Eastern Cape De­part­ment of Sport, Re­cre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture, the Sarah Baart­man Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and Makana, in part­ner­ship with one of the best-run foot­ball leagues in the world, the well known Span­ish LaLiga, came to­gether to launch this his­toric ini­tia­tive.

LaLiga will also help Makana de­velop up and com­ing young tal­ent in fu­ture.

It was a great plea­sure to host all play­ers, man­agers, coaches and fans at the first New Year’s Cup in Gra­ham­stown. Makana is in­deed a great place to be for soc­cer!

It’s a par­tic­u­lar hon­our for me to ex­tend my thanks to Dr Danny Jor­daan, who is al­ways with Makana in sport; from Spain, the Di­rec­tor of LaLiga, Mr Tony [An­to­nio] Barrabas for boost­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties such as Makana by help­ing with soc­cer at a grass­roots level; soc­cer Le­gend Doc­tor Khu­malo; Mzu­vuk­ile Tom − for­mer Bafana Bafana and Golden Ar­rows player; Pa­trick Mayo, for­mer Kaizer Chiefs and Bush­bucks player; and Luyanda Papu and his team for or­gan­is­ing such a suc­cess­ful event.

My thanks also goes to all vol­un­teers for their hard work.

Nomhle Gaga

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