Mamelodi Community Responded Positively to Tournament
Jan Lechaba Malomba hosted an event from 19 April to 22 April 2019 in Mauklenuek sports grounds, Mamelodi West. This happened after B3 Insurance Brokers and All Mamelodi Stars Foundation joined together to host in celebrating legend Lechaba. This was to encourage kids in Mamelodi to participate in sports. “We starting this initiative to respond to the community of Mamelodi, saying thanks to the people of Mamelodi and promoting football”, said Mr Malomba.
The legend visited Mamelodi with the aim to identify talents and give kids courage that they can make it in sports. “It is not only about Malombo, is giving back to the community and taking kids away from drugs and streets.
“We have to expands this initiative, this is the first one in Mamelodi, is the fist year of the initiative and the respond of the people is good since the first day we launched it until finals which is today , I’d like to thank Mamelodi people for supporting the event.
About 100 members in the community turned up to support this event and many of their responds to the game was positive as they came in numbers from day 1 of the tournament. “This is the first event I saw legends in Mamelodi, I’m really pleased for seeing such an event bringing people in the community together”, said one of the community member and sports fan, Tsiamo Matlala. He added that this initiative will make a greater impact into the lives of current and future soccer starts.
“The purpose for us to this event is to promote football, we are not only promoting tournaments, through the Mamelodi all starts foundation we are looking at promoting the games where by we will be identify talents and as footballers after the tournament we are willing to do this tournament every year, we will be doing soccer clinics to motivate this kids”, said Mr Malombo.“If we find people watching football for more than 6-7 hours, then you can say you have done something for the community because they are here watching the game you brought to them, we are keeping them busy of which we are happy about. Seeing people smiling, watching the game, enjoying themselves it makes me happy, It’s something that I am proud of. We wish the Mamelodi stadium to be functional we hope that it will be ok one day to use for everyone to be sited and watch football comfortably and I wish our kids to take sports seriously, to let sports be their lives and live a healthy lifestyle” , said Mr Malombo. During the 3 days tournaments, different teams from different areas and province played against each other from semi finals until they made it to the finals as well as 2 Netball Teams from both Mamelodi East and West.
Mr Malombo also said people including retired legends shouldn’t keep the skills for themselves and they need to plow back. He added that he is open for communication and assist NO’s and other football association in the community, “We are open for NGO’s who wants to grow young kids in sports, but they must have a proper structure of what they do and where we could be of help”, said Mr Maloka. He added saying sponsors need to see where their money is going and how it is going to be used then they will be interested. Donators of the tournament including chairs, tents, David Maboja, Andrew Kambule, Makhura from Don Don. The next tournament is expected to take place the following year, 2020.
By: Fortunate Machaba