A lasting legacy for Grahamstown
Grahamstown has produced no major football star for the past 20 years or more and in our area, we lack of role models − especially in Makana. Talent is there, but it will never be discovered because there are no scouts within our districts.
It is important for Grahamstown to host such tournaments and also invite teams from the nine provinces to compete strength vs strength.
Maru won because of the players’ ambition to compete at the highest level. I’ve watched them before and scouted one of their best left backs, Sakhele Ponoshe, who played for Orlando Pirates.
Maru is a team to beat indeed. I’m not surprised they won: because of their hunger, they wanted it more.
Having said that, Grahamstown is ready to produce more talented locally based players who can compete at the highest level.
Come 2017 it is important for Makana to host such big events because of alcohol abuse and lack of youth employment.
More than 80 volunteers were employed during the tournament and local business have benefited.
JD Dlephu Stadium was filled to capacity on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, the day of the final, and this hasn’t happened since the 90s. The New Year’s Cup has revived Makana Football and will leave a lasting legacy. The league will run smoothly this coming season and local businesses will assist clubs going forward.
Indeed, with sport, we can achieve.
• Luyanda Papu is the Chairman of the New Year’s Cup organising committee.