Qhayiya are Build it U13 cham­pi­ons

Talk of the Town - - Sport - TK MTIKI

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

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