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With the spirit of the festive season leading the charge, excitement builds across the township of Soweto ahead of the much-anticipated Kwamahlobo festive games. Kwamahlobo grounds, in Meadowlands zone 9 will once again play host to the annual Kwamahlobo festive tournament, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. The tournament was officially launched during a prestigious ceremony at the white house in Meadowlands zone 5, recently.
The one-month contest, which include gruelling knock-out stages, two semi final clashes and a final, will take place from the 23 December to the 7 January. A total of 40 clubs including the defending champions Mathaithai FC, will compete for this year’s tittle that comes with a staggering R120 000 prize money from sponsors.
Speaking at the official launch where the draw was also conducted, Kwamahlobo Festive Games chairperson, Blessing Zwane noted that due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic, the 2020/21 had to be halted. “It has been a hard road to be quite honest with you, but thanks to our sponsors who came on board. We just pray and hope that the tournament will not be disrupted”, enthused Zwane.
From humble beginnings, the event has become the most prestigious tournament for both amateur and professional players on a national scale, and annually attracts the likes of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs players. The annual pilgrimage has contributed significantly to the development of young footballers in South-Africa and they also served as a platform for up and coming talented players from disadvantaged backgrounds to be scouted by professional clubs and coaches.
The winning soccer team will walk away with a prize of R120 000,a trophy, gold medals and soccer kits. The runner-up will receive R20 000, silver medals and soccer kits whilst the cash price of R5 000 awaits the third team.
Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News