Football remains a popular sport in rural villages despite the lack of proper facilities. With rising youth alcoholism and substance abuse the game plays a part in keeping youths active and out of trouble. Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Sidney Moshikaro recently hosted an eight team football tournament in Ga-Madiba, a village near the town of Mokopane in Limpopo province.
There are no entertainment or recreation facilities in the village. A football tournament played over the weekend helps keep youths active and the general population entertained. With rising cases of youth alcohol and substance abuse such activities are a welcome intervention in these communities.
Prizes for participants and winners include R11 000 in cash and a full football jersey set for the winners, R6 000 and a football jersey for the runners up while the third and fourth placed teams received R1 500 each. The cash prizes go a long way in assisting the clubs which are run mostly by individuals without sponsorship to continue keeping the youngsters active and encouraged.
The tournament also helped to stimulate local business, offering hawkers an opportunity to sell meals and snacks to the fans.
We captured some of the action, passion and skills displayed during the tournament organised by the Sidney Moshikaro Foundation.