Top sides in battle for football prize

MY BALL: Boast Pirates’ Onke Mazwi, second from right, lunges for the ball as Honest Guys’ Khobhasi Haarmans, right, avoids the tackle during their Headbush Soccer Tournament match at New Brighton Oval. Picture by: Mike Holmes
MY BALL: Boast Pirates’ Onke Mazwi, second from right, lunges for the ball as Honest Guys’ Khobhasi Haarmans, right, avoids the tackle during their Headbush Soccer Tournament match at New Brighton Oval. Picture by: Mike Holmes

FOUR township teams will battle it out for bragging rights when the semifinals and finals of the Headbush 40th Anniversary soccer tournament take place at New Brighton Oval on Saturday.

On Sunday, eight teams contested the keenly fought quarterfinals, with Boast Pirates, Real White City, Amakhosi and Red City emerging as winners.

Also up for grabs on Saturday is a share of R10 000 in prize money, so competition is expected to be fierce.

First prize is R5 000 and second prize R3 000. The third and fourth finishers each earn R1 000.

Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung and Chippa United head coach Ernst Middendorp will be among the special guests during the semifinals and final.

Headbush Funeral Services director Sello Headbush said the tournament was a thank you to the community for supporting the family business for 40 years.

“The tournament is mostly for the clubs around our business in New Brighton.

“I chose to do a soccer tournament because of my passion for football. I grew up playing for one of these teams [CCX Callies] taking part here,” Headbush said.

Besides ploughing back into the community, he said, the main aim of tournament was to get children off the streets.

“If all these kids were not here today, what would they be doing? They say an idle mind is a dangerous mind.

“With Motaung and Middendorp here, who knows – one or two players could be spotted and play for our bigger teams.

“They could become household names,” Headbush said.

Nebfa vice-president Mzwabantu Futshane applauded the event but said he wished more teams could be involved.

“The tournament is good for our development. I am also happy with the number of people who came to watch today.

“Maybe Sello [Headbush] in future can involve more clubs.

“The LFA decided to be part of the project because we hoped to work with him again in future.”

-Vuyokazi Nkanjeni

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