Build it in partnership with South African Football Association (Safa) is sponsoring a highly anticipated festive football tournament for Ndlambe schools which will take place on August 19.
Build it project manager Monwabisi Jaza invited Port Alfred schools to a draw which was scheduled to occur on Saturday. Due to what appeared to be poor attendance the draw did not take place but the nature of the tournament was explained by Jaza.
“I am expecting 12 schools to participate in this tournament but with eight schools I can proceed with the draw if you (referring to the school teachers) want me to,” he said.
The registration date was extended to Friday to allow other schools to register their names. Jaza made it clear that schools do not pay any fee in order to participate. “This is a free tournament, schools do not have to pay anything,” he said. Interested schools can go to Port Alfred Build it for registration or drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Talking about the tournament itself, Jaza said: “This is not a competition soccer tournament. We (Build it) are just giving back to the community”. He further stated that the tournament is meant to appreciate Build it customers.
It is an under 13 soccer tournament and the age of participants will be verified. Jaza cautioned teachers about players older than 13 entering and lying about their age. “Cheating is not accepted in this tournament and if you are found to have cheated we will disqualify your school,” he said.
“Remember there is no loser in this tournament, anyone is a winner.”
Each school is expected to submit a list of 16 players and two officials. Each player will be given a tog bag. “The bag is not for the school it belongs to a pupil,” Jaza stressed.
“For the winning team each will receive a bag and a small trophy and the bigger trophy belongs to the school,” he said.
Jaza further highlighted that the coaches of the two teams in the finals will be awarded with Safa jackets while their teams will be given vuvuzelas.
Games will last 40 minutes and be officiated by Safa referees. Jaza encouraged teachers to invite public figures to be part of the event.
By last Saturday seven schools had registered for the tournament.