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THORNHILL SOCCER TOURNAMENT TO SHOT OFF

11 November 2021
The Lukhanyo Memorial Soccer Tournament, hosted by the non-profit organisation Lukhanyo Memorial Trust founded in 2019, is set to shot off at the Thornhill Sports Field from Friday, November 26 to Sunday, November 28. Lukhanyo Memorial Trust members (back from left) Zane Bruintjies, Vuyani Kalani, Amanda Kota, Madodama Kota (chairperson), Patrick Sacks, (front) Oerson Goliath, Brian Nabo, and Johny Harris attended the launch of the tournament on Sunday, November 10.

The Lukhanyo Memorial Soccer Tournament, hosted by the non-profit organisation Lukhanyo Memorial Trust founded in 2019, is set to shot off at the Thornhill Sports Field from Friday, November 26 to Sunday, November 28. Lukhanyo Memorial Trust members (back from left) Zane Bruintjies, Vuyani Kalani, Amanda Kota, Madodama Kota (chairperson), Patrick Sacks, (front) Oerson Goliath, Brian Nabo, and Johny Harris attended the launch of the tournament on Sunday, November 10.

GOAL . . . pass . . . trap . . . assist and header.

The Lukhanyo Memorial Soccer Tournament, hosted by the non-profit organisation Lukhanyo Memorial Trust founded in 2019, is set to shot off at the Thornhill Sports Field from Friday, November 26 to Sunday, November 28.

The 16-team soccer tournament is in honour of the late Lukhanyo Kota.

“My son, Lukhanyo, lost his life in a horrible accident near Thornhill in 2016. He was only 15 years old at the time and an avid soccer player,” said tournament founder and Kouga Municipality employee, Mdodama Kota.

“This tournament, that initially started with eight teams in 2018, is a way to remember him and others who have died on the road while highlighting the importance of driving responsibly to other young people.”

According to Kota, Future Stars United from East London, who beat Jefferys Bay team Umlilo in a nail-baiting final that had to be decided through a penalty shoot-out, will be back to defend their title.

The teams to compete are as follow.

  • Golden Aces FC vs Wits FC
  • Future Stars United vs Rangers FC
  • Super Eagles FC vs Longmore FC
  • Jbay United FC vs Rising Stars FC
  • FC Angels vs Loerie Brazil
  • Hankey Town FC vs Black Vultures FC
  • Royal Stars FC vs Rainbow City
  • Kouga FC vs Patensie FC

The winning team will go home with a trophy, R10 000 and 20 gold medals. The runners-up will receive R4 000 and 20 silver medals.

Kouga Municipality’s Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, commended Kota, his organizing committee, and the tournament sponsors for arranging the event.

“It is a fun way to drive home an important message,” he said.

“It is the third year that the tournament will take place and we hope that it will grow from strength to strength in the years to come and reach even more young people.”

The official opening will take place at the Thornhill Sports Field at 12:30 on Saturday, November 27. The entry fee is R10 per person.

Funds raise during the tournament will be ploughed back into the community, while the soccer balls used during the tournament will be donated to local schools in a bid to promote sport in the region.

For more information, contact Kota at 083 565 1681 or 067 099 6289.