Soccer event a success
Players are urged to be crime fighting ambassadors
THE Edgar Legoale knockout soccer challenge which took place in Parys this past weekend, has turned tournament participants into ambassadors who will help the initiative against crime.
Speaking to The New Age yesterday, the tournament organiser Edgar Legoale, said they urged players to become ambassadors because it was important to fight the scourge of crime that sees many young people join gangs.
He said this was part of taking youth off the streets not only during the soccer tournament but also engaging them on a fulltime basis to work together with the police and community policing forums.
“The winning team and the runners up are still young people and they will be working together with the police and the CPF to curb crime in our area especially drugs and gangsterism.
“This is the first annual tournament and every single team that participated served as an inspiration and perfect example for our youth,” according to Legoale.
He said they showed the glory that could come to young people when their focus was on the right things and they congratulated the teams who topped the challenge. “The tournament unite the communities that are divided due to gangsterism boarders in our areas. The challenge saw young people in different sections coming together to form soccer teams who play for massive prizes.”
He said the challenge has also a community programme that would assist people to fight against societal ills.
“We believe that we have a responsibility to fight gangsterism and drugs in our areas and that the responsibility cannot be left to the ttention of the government alone. “This programme is aimed at attracting youth from all corners in Tumahole but due to the massive response and support it has received, has been extended to include youth and teams from neighbouring townships,” Legoale said.
He said that they wanted to give life and meaning to the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”.
“Together, we will help keep our youth off the streets and away from gangsterism and drugs,” Legoale said.
Zebra FC claimed the first prize and took home R5000 while the runners up, Mlilo FC, pocketed R2 000 cheque while Young Lions in third position took home R1 000.
“We thank them for being the proof we needed to show the onlooking youngster’s that its more rewarding to be involved in sports than in drugs and gangsterism.
“We also want to thank the coaches of every team for their outstanding work and unwavering commitment to keeping our youth off the streets and involved in sports,” Legoale said.
AMBASSADORIAL: Edgar Legoale, centre, holding the trophy with the winning Zebras FC, has organised the challenge as a means to involve the community in fighting crime and keeping youths on the straight and narrow