The sponsor, Mr Masala Ramaphosa (second from right), hands over the floating trophy at stake to the chairman of the organising committee, Mr Nnditsheni Mathule (second from left), while the assistant coach of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC, Mr Lucky Nelukau (right) and Mr Thulani Malusela (left) look on. Photo: Frank Mavhungu.

Teams prepare for Masawe Soccer Tournament


This year’s edition of the Masawe Soccer Tournament will be the biggest ever in terms of the number of the participating teams and the sponsorship amount. The tournament was officially launched during a ceremony held at the Masawe Car Wash in Vondwe village last Friday.

Unlike last year, where only eight teams took part in the tournament, 38 teams from all over the Vhembe District will do battle for the championship in this year’s event.

In his keynote address the sponsor, Mr Masala Ramaphosa, said that the tournament had been founded in 2017, with a cash prize of R3 000 for the winners. This year’s champions will become R12 000 richer, apart from the floating trophy, gold medals, 15 pairs of soccer boots and soccer kit they will again be presented with.

The runners-up will receive R8 000, a soccer kit, silver medals and a soccer ball. The third- and fourth-placed teams will be presented with R4 000 and R2 000 respectively. They will again each receive a soccer kit. Teams booted out of the tournament in the quarter-final stage will each go home with R1 000 and a soccer ball.

The draws for the opening matches were conducted during the ceremony. The opening matches will be played at the Makhuvha SK New Look Grounds, while the final will be played on Monday, 26 December.

During the ceremony, the deputy president of the Safa Vhembe Regional League, Mr Ephraim Singo, appealed to the representatives from the clubs to behave well throughout the tournament. He reiterated the fact that acts of misconduct had the potential to bring the organisers and the sponsors into disrepute.  



Date:21 December 2022

By: Frank Mavhungu

Frank is a Human Resources Manager at the Department of Public Works in Limpopo. He is the longest serving correspondent of the Mirror, having joined us at the end of 1990.  He mainly writes sports reports and resides at Tsianda Village. In 2004, Frank won the National Castle League Award, an award for the best reporter in the SAB league in South Africa.

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