Sports Initiative set to unearth Talent

Steve Sekano foundation has taken a giant step to unearth hidden soccer talent and make netball accessible for netball players aged between 12 and 17 in Soweto. The annual festive tournament which saw more than 1500 players descend to Fiat sports centre in Meadowlands zone 9 on Saturday 13 November has proved a great success.

The three day sporting fiesta, which took place on two consecutive weekends, saw 24 teams across the township of Soweto battle it out for the tittle of being champions of soccer and netball.

Tournament organizer, Steve Sekano congratulated all participating teams and thanked everyone involved for making the tournament a memorable one. ‘We are so happy to have included more categories this year. This tournament featured three categories in netball and soccer for both male and female categories’, added Sekano. Coaches, scouts and other stake holders graced the tournament to have a glimpse of the talent on display.

The Basil Football club emerged victorious in the under 17 soccer tournament after a heart stopping final and walked away with the R5, 000 prize money and gold medals. The championship accolade went to DK Ladies FC in the female soccer category. In the netball tournament, Cheddar netball team scooped the R5. 000 price money after emerging victorious in a competition that featured the best teams in Soweto.

After months of planning, collecting donations and traveling, Hamba Bamba Founda foundation has finally presented gently used Germany branded club gears to the Steve Sekano foundation in Meadowlands, recently. The foundation collects gently used soccer equipment in Germany and re-distributes them to support children, schools, teams, organizations, and individuals to under-deserved communities and villages where soccer is loved but don’t have the resources to get engaged.

Responding on behalf of the Hamba Bamba Founda, Ingo Niehaus, urged players to ensure proper use of the donated items. “Our foundation dealing with early childhood development. My friend from Germany said why not collect gently used soccer stuff and bring them to clubs where there are needed. So the children in Germany donated this items”, added Niehaus.
He further indicated that most of this young players are facing acute financial challenges which makes it difficult for them to realize their potential.

The mission of the Hamba Bamba Founda is to help break the trauma cycle of poverty that often deprives children and communities in underdeveloped areas. Receiving the equipment, head coach and founder of the foundation, Steve Sekano, thanked Hamba Bamba Founda for their support to the team, mentioning that the donation will have a significant impact on the development of the team.

The Steve Sekano foundation hinges on creating a generation of not only rounded sportsmen and women, but also to sports leaders.

Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News