The City Logistics SAFA KwaMashu Legends Schools League launched in April this year, with the finals being played in June.
Twelve KwaMashu high schools have played in the league, including Inhlakanipho Secondary, Inqabakazula Secondary, JE Ndlovu High School, John Dube High School, Mzuvele High School, Zeph Dlomo, Isibonelo High School, Isivananda, JG Zuma High School, Kwesethu High School, Vuyiswa Mtolo High School and Zakhe School.
“City Logistics had a vision to combine its passion for youth and the community, with South Africa’s favourite sport,” said Anthony Naicker, City Logistics director of transport.
The River Horse Valley based company initiated the league together with the KwaMashu Soccer Legends, SAFA and local principals. Apart from trophies and medals, the company has also sponsored soccer gear including kits, bibs, whistles, balls and cones.
Soccer legend Mr N. Ndlovu said, “We are standing on the shoulders of a giant, City Logistics which is part and parcel of KwaMashu. Together we are trying to rebuild KwaMashu through sport, which is the only way for our youngsters to survive.”
Pledging his support for the league, Department of Education’s circuit manager Mr M.B. Sangweni said, “The department would like to help unlock potential through this league.”
“Football transcends every faculty. If football is not played, it will hinder a child’s development. A healthy mind comes from a healthy body,” said Mr N. Ntsoane, President of the KwaMashu League Football Association.
The league has been endorsed by the South African Football Association’s eThekwini representative Mr L. Donnelly who said that a league creates a different environment than a tournament as it allows everyone an opportunity to play. According to SAFA, schools football is the basic platform for developing talent and KwaMashu has a gift for raw talent as it has produced soccer greats such as Henry “Mthofi” Khumalo, Muthi “Medicine” Ngobese, David “Majuba” Magwaza, Lucky “Oskhosh” Molefe, Tshepo Ntsoane, Ngcebo “Malombo” Sibiya and Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe .
City Logistics hopes to nurture this raw talent and eradicate social challenges amongst the youth such as drugs and gangsterism. It also aims to change the imbalances in school football through social transformation and cohesion.
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