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Sakhulutsh­a Youth Academy football tournament for Joza


Sakhulutsh­a Youth Academy is set to host a football tournament at JD Dlepu Stadium in Joza tomorrow (Saturday).

The tournament is part of pre-season preparatio­n for both the players and coaches, and offers football fans a bit of “shibobo” enjoyment.

The tournament is open to all ages and skill levels.

The draw for the tournament is set to take place at the Duna library in Joza from 6pm to 7pm today.

A floating trophy, cash prizes for podium positions, and medals are to be handed out at the end of the tournament.

“We are expecting teams from in and around Grahamstow­n, with Riebeek East, Coombs and Salem Football Clubs participat­ing”, says Siyabonga Masinda, coach of Sakhulutsh­a Youth Academy.

“The tournament is part of our fund-raising venture to raise money for our December trip to Jo’burg, where we will be participat­ing in the Discovery Under-17 tournament.

It is a good opportunit­y for local boys to rub shoulders with the likes of Kaizer Chiefs Under-17 players, and most of the PSL developmen­t clubs.”

A total of 18 players from Sakhulutsh­a Youth Academy managed to make it to the Discovery tournament in 2013.

Last year, due to a lack of funding, no players from Sakhulutsh­a were able to participat­e.

“In 2015, we are hoping to send at least 18 boys to the Discovery tournament again,” said Masinda.

“Any support or donations to make this happen would be greatly appreciate­d, as would local support at Saturday’s tournament.”

Meanwhile, the Sakhulutsh­a U-17 will take part in the semi-finals of the 7 Fountains Football tournament, to be played at 7 Fountains tomorrow.

The tournament consisted of 16 teams, divided into 4 groups.

Sakhulutsh­a placed first in their group, winning two games and drawing one. A

mong the participat­ing teams are SAB Regional League clubs.

The 7 Fountains Football tournament is part of the preseason preparatio­ns for both players and coaches, and provides the perfect opportunit­y for the coaches to assess the players’ potential and their fitness levels.

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