Sixteen teams will participate in the annual James Rasimphi Summer Games on Saturday and Sunday at the Ha-Masia grounds.
The teams are: Mashamba Record Breakers, Mpheni Home Defenders, Tshinavhe FC, Rabali Pull Together, Vyeboom FC, Vyeboom Marikana FC, Romani United, Mazembe FC, Matsila Arsenal, Davhana Balanganani, Mashamba Soccer Academy, Wayeni Sea Robbers, SAMS FC, Masakona Bayern Manash, Vhangani FC and Long Live FC.
The sponsor of the tournament, Mr Try Mudau, has indicated that his company is ploughing back what it has gained from the community. “It is through the support from the community that this business is where it is today,” he added.
The champions will receive R8 000, a soccer kit, gold medals and a trophy, while the runners-up will receive R3 500, a soccer kit, and silver medals. The third-placed team will receive R2 000, a soccer kit and bronze medals and the fourth-placed team will receive R1 000 and soccer kit.
The organiser, Mr Oriel Mashau, said that identifying future stars' talent at grassroots level was important. He applauded the sponsors for helping to identify the talent of the region's youth. He appealed to the club officials and players not to involve themselves in wrongdoings such as bribery and assault on referees, saying that would not only bring the tournament into disrepute, but it would also dent the image of the sponsor.
Date:16 August 2019 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.