A last­ing legacy for Gra­ham­stown

Grocott's Mail - - NEW YEAR’S CUP -

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.

Luyanda Papu

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