Sports / 23 October 2019, 14:23pm/ Lebona Lekoena
EL foundation Founder Edgar Legoale greeting players during the 2018 EL knockout challenge: image supplied
“Sports build good habits, confidence and discipline. They make players into community leaders and teach them how to strive for a goal, handle mistakes, and cherish growth opportunities.” … Julie Foudy
Parys: The second annual Edgar Legoale Soccer knockout by EL Foundation will again kickstand the township football competition
The tourney invites all the elite soccer clubs within the Free State to enter the battle of one winner walking away with R100 000 from Lottery Competition which is the main sponsor.
According to the founder of the hosting foundation, Edgar Legoale over the years community of Tumahole in the Northern Free State, monitored the good they do, as a result it pleaded with the foundation to host festive tournament.
“Because of the work we’ve been embarking on, we were requested by the community that this year we have one tournament in December Holidays as we were only having the January one though this year also we launched the Easter tournament and now we are going bigger and better with The Mighty Festive Tournament,” said Legoale
The Inaugural Tournament of this year will be using the Theme #Enough_Is_Enough “Stop Killing our Sisters”,
“We have decided to host the tournament under this theme, after realizing it has been a saddest year for the country in this 2019 when it comes to Gender Based Violence and Femicide in South Africa,” he added.
He believe that sports play a role in bringing people together: “Through sports we have a strong believe that even this Festive Soccer Tournament will make an impact in sending a strong message to those who still sees women as preys for such brutal and heartless deeds, young men in soccer will also be conscientized about this evil deeds and course which need to be dealt with.”
Meanwhile the Festive Soccer Tournament will however be the continuation of the plan by his Foundation to showcase the “Pure Kasi Football” and development of kasi based young players with a plan to sell them to scouters who come to the event.
Like their own Tokelo Rantie Legoale believe many young players can make it big from the tourney.
“Same way as previous tournaments we have hosted, we were having some Professional Soccer Teams scouters to identify whatever talent they may like on the players,” he concluded.
For the interested clubs from local and away opportunity to register is open and the following is how the competition will be:
32 TEAMS, Last 16, Quarter finals, Semi final and Finale.
1st R100 000 Winner of the Finale
2nd R40000 Runner’s Up
3rd R10 000 Winner between 3 and 4.
Team Affiliation Fee: R2500
(Affiliation is open from 01 October 2019 to 30 November 2019 (“First Come First Serve”)
Date of the Tournament: 14 to 22 December 2019
Venue: Mandela Sports Ground
(Near Boitlamo Secondary School) PARYS – TUMAHOLE- FREESTATE