Qhayiya are Build it U13 champions
Schools from around Ndlambe took each other on in the Build It Under 13 Soccer Tournament on Saturday, with Qhayiya Primary School emerging as the overall winners in the final, defeating Bhongweni Primary School 5-3.
Qhayiya faced a stubborn Bhongweni, with 90 minutes of play ending in a goalless draw.
Knowing what was at stake, both teams displayed a very mature and disciplined gameplan, with neither team willing to concede.
The level of performance displayed by the U13 youngsters on the field of play stunned project organiser Monwabisi Jaza.
He said the glimpse of football smarts and progressive skills shown on the field was spectacular – making it difficult for match officials to select the player of the tournament from the finalists.
Bhongweni Primary School’s Azola Skalweni was chosen as player of the tournament, walking away with a R500 voucher from Build it, a sports bag, a ball and an individual trophy. Qhayiya Primary received a large trophy, which belongs to the school, a tray of water bottles, a set of bibs, full kit and a large bag.
Players from both teams in the finals received individual trophies, a Build it bag and a vuvuzela each.
The winning team manager was given a Safa jacket.
Coaches from all the schools that participated were not left out, with each receiving branded Build it caps and T-shirts.
The owner of the store, Andre Swanepoel, came to witness the event.
He said: “We want to be part of the community and the best way to develop a community is through children.
“Sport is another way of getting children off of the streets,” Swanepoel said.
Port Alfred Build it store manager Leon Bowles also expressed his heartfelt appreciation by saying, “There is one thing I saw today – the team that brought more supporters is the one that won.
“It’s been a lovely day.”
Echoing what the owner of the store already uttered, Jaza said: “The best way to plough back into the community is through children and community halls, which are used by community members. The only thing that you have to know is that this thing is for children.”
HAPPY TOURNAMENT WINNERS: The 2018 Build it U13 Soccer Tournament champions from Qhayiya