SCHOOLS from around Ndlambe took on each other toe-to-toe in the Build it U13 Soccer Tournament last Saturday, with the victor in the finals being Qhayiya Primary School, which defeated Bhongweni Primary School 5-3.
Qhayiya faced a stubborn Bhongweni, where 90 minutes of play ended in a goalless draw.
Knowing what was at stake, both teams displayed a very mature and disciplined game plan. Neither team was willing to concede.
The level of performance displayed by the U13 youngsters on the field of play gave project organiser Monwabisi Jaza a nice headache, disbelieving the age of some individual players.
The glimpse of football smarts and progressive skills shown on the field was spectacular. This made it very difficult for match officials to select the player of the tournament from the finalists.
A goalless draw after 90 minutes gave match officials an opportunity to consider a fitting player of the tournament.
Azola Skalweni from the runner-up, Bhongweni Primary School, became player of the tournament, walking away with R500 voucher from Build it, a sports bag, ball and individual trophy.
Qhayiya was awarded with a major trophy which belongs to the school, a tray of water bottles, a set of bibs and full kit and a big bag.
Players from both teams in the finals got individual trophies, a Build it bag and a vuvuzela each. The winning team manager got a SAFA jacket.
Coaches from all the schools that participated were not left out as they received branded Build it caps.
The owner of the store, Andre Swanepoel, came to witness the event. He said: “We want to be part of the community and the best way to develop community is through children. Sport is another way of getting children out of the street.”
Port Alfred Build it store manager Leon Bowles also expressed his heartfelt appreciation by saying, “There is one thing I saw today – the team that brought more supporters is the one that won. It’s been a lovely day.”
Echoing what the owner of the store already uttered, project organiser Jaza said: “The best way to plough back into the community is through children and community halls which are used by community members. The only thing that you have to know is that this thing is for children.”