THE Dumpy Adams Sports Ground will play host to the Build It under 13 soccer competition on Saturday. Monwabisi Jaza from Build It says they have partnered with the South African Football Association to host the tournament in Komani.
“The 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup may have come and gone but soccer is still very much alive and at an all time high within the Build It group. Our stores throughout the country have embraced this passion of the people for the past 10 years. Our intention is to keep the passion alive. Last year we partnered with Safa and had 192 soccer festivals nationally and saw over 70 000 players going through the programme.”
“This makes it one of the bigger soccer development programs in the country. Over the past year, all stores in Buffalo City and Chris Hani held their individual store competitions where Safa identified exceptional players to represent the store and their towns at the zonal final 2017 on February 4. We will ultimately see the best junior players compete to become the Build It U13 champions and can possibly find our next superstar from this event.”
He said they would use the tournament to unearth new talent. “This will also give our partners, Safa, an opportunity to identify talent that could otherwise have been missed. If we are to change the face of SA football, it must start with development and that is our focus. Our plea to local supporters is to come in numbers and support these future stars. This is one of the ways we reinvest in the communities we trade in. A house is not just four walls and a roof. It is supported by a solid foundation and with our soccer investment, we intend providing proper foundations in the development of the sport that we all love.”
Safa Chris Hani president Richard Ndlelo said this was good progress towards soccer development in the region “The competition is good to unearth football talent in the area. We know development in soccer starts at an early age and we have therefore partnered with Build It in this national programme. We are all concerned about the development of soccer in the Eastern Cape. Without brands supporting development in rural and urban areas, we will not be a successful nation. In 1996 we were ranked 13th in the world and number one in Africa. Our internship and partnership with Build It is to achieve ‘vision 22’ and once again dominate soccer on the continent.”