The Youth Voice

Dynamos FC win BIG at awards!

Dynamos FC, the first time champions of the 4th Acornhoek Easter Tournament were the biggest winners at the private award ceremony hosted on the 29th September, at Sgagula Village in Acornhoek. The private ceremony was short-lived by the four various funerals that struck the village in that specific day. In respect of and joining the mourning villagers, the organisers of the awards ceremony scaled down at the activities of the event which usually takes a form of a jovial gala dinner.

Following the successful showing at the 2018  tournament hosted at Sihlekisi Primary School Soccer Field, the champions that hails from Khiyelani Village, were further awarded with a full soccer kit, while the runners-up, Brazil FC from Sgagula Village, were presented with a soccer jersey that excluded socks. Amongst these two teams, there were two players who also received awards.  Howard Mbetse of Brazil FC, a top goal scorer of the famous Acornhoek Easter Tournament was presented with a new soccer ball as a token of appreciation for his efforts. Ntshuseko Khosa of d..Dynamos FC was also recognised by receiving a goalkeeper’s gloves for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament. These two players also received sporting tools at the final day of the tournament for their good showing.
In direct contribution to the development of sport in the Bushbuckridge region, the organisers of the annual Acornhoek Easter Tournament put emphasis on the awarding of sporting tools/equipment to the winning teams and to the top individual performers. Since its inception three years ago, the Acornhoek Easter Tournament has been the talk of the town amongst sporting fanatics, and have spent over R80k that mostly come from the empty pockets of the individual organisers of the event, who continue to struggle to secure sponsorship from local businesses. 
“I’m appealing to you boys to grab this opportunity that Mr Ndlovu and Mr Malapane are presenting to you with both hands. We used to win tournaments and didn’t know where the money went. Now you are given soccer kits, balls, medals, cups and many other things including cash for winning to tournament – use it to develop your footballing careers. We used to play with damaged soccer boots and tiered socks during our playing times”, said Vusi Lekhuleng, a senior community member who presented the kits.
 Mr Mishack Ndlovu, who spoke on behalf of the organisers of the tournament made a call to all stakeholders in attendance to get involved in staging and sponsoring the event.
“We have and still are struggling to get financial help from other individuals in the village and from our local business people. However, we will continue to engage them with the hope that they will eventually see the opportunity that this tournament has in their various businesses and what it does to the development of our communities”, he said. 
 “We spending a lot of money we do not have just to contribute towards your soccer careers and through this tournament, give you a platform to showcase your talent. We hope you will grab this opportunity and make it work for you”, he added.
The tournament, which is hosted annually during Easter holidays, is contested by best 16 teams from around Bushbuckridge region and participated by a team of u23s. It draws hundreds of supporters from across the region. Those who wish to sponsor the tournament can contact Mish Ndlovu @ 072 482 2834 or Vince Malapane @ 082 792 5002.
The 5th edition of Acornhoek Easter Tournament will take place on the 18 – 21 April 2018 at Sgagula Village in Acornhoek.

Seniors citizen in Mpumalanga participate in provincial golden game

Tumelo Waga Dibakwane

The elderly from the three District Municipalities in Mpumalanga converged at the Badplaas Aventura Resort last week to battle it out at the annual Golden Games.

All the municipalities put their best teams forward to compete in the 24 sporting codes, including duck walk, dress up race, soccer, and ring the stick and juskei.

The Golden Games are part of the Active Ageing Programme implemented by the Department of Social Development in partnership with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture and various stakeholders. The aim is to enhance the quality of life and improve the health of older persons by engaging them in programmes which promote optimal levels of social, physical, mental and emotional well-being to prevent or delay the onset of ageing challenges and keep old-age related illness at bay. 

The MEC of Social Development Busisiwe Shiba says they focus on sport activities and events and target people who are 60 years and older from community-based facilities such as service clubs and centres.

“The games aim to create awareness of their abilities and capabilities in sport and recreational activities. The purpose is also to support and increase the number of elders participating in active ageing programmes” said MEC

The goal of active ageing is to maintain mobility and functional independence for as long as possible. “Active ageing programmes are needed to enable people to continue to work according to their capacities and preferences as they grow older, and to prevent or delay disabilities and chronic diseases that are costly to individuals, families and the health care system,” said MEC Shiba

The games aim to create awareness of their abilities and capabilities in sport and recreational activities. The purpose is also to support and increase the number of elders participating in active ageing programmes

Older people, male and female, took part in the different activities, showing that one is never too old to do anything one puts one’s mind to. The winners of will represent the province on the National Golden games in Kimberly.

All nations beat brother’s of peace 2-1 

Kgabu Mahlatji

Brothers of Peace FC from Nyongane hosted All Nations FC from Casteel at the Killers Soccer Ground in Shabalala over the weekend for the Easter Tournament. All nations attacked from the first minute of the game and gave their rival goalkeeper a hard time. 

Their effort earned them a free kick after Brothers of Peace defender Thulani Mazuze deliberately pushed down all nations attacking Midfielder Mishack Mathebula outside the box.

The free kick was converted to a goal by the visitor’s striker Tshepo Mayile in the tenth minutes of the game. 

The first attack of the host paid off in the 25th minutes when their player Eddie Nxumalo played a through pass to Thulani Mazuze who then sent all nations goalkeeper Mathibe George to the wrong direction to equalize. 

Both teams kept each other chasing for the ball with no goal but entertaining the crowd by displaying their skills until half-time.

In the second half, all nations upped their score in the 68th minute when Advice Manzini received a pass from Tshiyamo Chiloane, who then passed the ball to Misack Mathebula who managed to get it to the back of the net. The goalkeeper only realized that it was a goal when he saw the supporters celebrating.

Brothers of Peace did not want to disturb their supporters who came in large numbers at the ground, they made their opponents to chase the ball, however, their finishing was poor, and the coach was forced to make changes to introduce players who would give them goals.

In the 76th minute of the play, the host team defender Thulani Sithole delivered a long range and Manyike Cliton got at the back of the net by a head for the first time in his career as a football player to equalize, but it was stopped by the veteran goalkeeper.  The game ended in a draw of 2-1 in favour of the visitors.


Sports teaches youngsters accountability & dedication

By: staff reporter

Sports is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. Sports are all forms of physical activity that contribute to physical fitness, mental well-being and social interaction. These include: play; recreation; organized, casual or competitive sport; and indigenous sports or games. It is encouraged to you people that from the range of sport they get themselves in atleast one sport activity. It is outlined above that sports contributes to physical fitness, mental well-being and improves social interactions hence it is said a healthy mind in a healthy body.

Physical exercise as one in variety of sports is good for the mind, body and spirit. Team sports help teach adolescents accountability, dedication, leadership and other skills.

The kinds of sports young people can choose from are: