Soc­cer event a suc­cess

Play­ers are urged to be crime fight­ing am­bas­sadors

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Free State News - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­

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

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