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Stix's legacy lives on

By unknown | Aug 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

The legacy of soccer development left by former Safa president Solomon "Stix" Morewa was celebrated yesterday in Pimville, Soweto.

In the climax to a tournament that started back in April featuring 4800 Soweto youngsters, the finals of the inaugural Clinix Stix Morewa Challenge were won by Umkomaas, who beat CWJ Hungry Stars 4-0.

Their goals came from Buti Letlape, Mduduzi Thabethe, Lebogang Tsolanku and Jabulani Nkosi.

The event, jointly organised with Safa Soweto, was also sponsored by Adidas.

The company's football manager, Mike Ntombela, said he was pleased to have been part of an initiative that honoured a man of Morewa's stature and passion in the development of amateur soccer in the country.

"Mr Morewa was an icon, and we are honoured to have provided the technical support needed. We are hoping to have the tournament on a yearly basis and take this to another level by also honouring other deserving individuals," Ntombela said.

Safa Soweto president Phil Mogodi said he was confident that the values and principles of development that Morewa used to live by were represented.

"We had an Under-11, Under-17 and the open division, making sure that we unlocked development in the real sense. I was heartened to have spotted Rider Mofokeng [Kaizer Chiefs Development coach] and the Orlando Pirates development team around, showing some interest. The boys played their hearts out," Mogodi said.

The winners, Umkomaas of Zola, pocketed a R10 000 cheque with their trophy, and the runners-up received R5000.

Umkomaas' coach Roy Selepe said he was very proud of his boys and was looking forward to making it a double by also winning the league.

Other Results: Under 11 - Naledi Black Pirates 5, Zola Real Glascow 4 (penalties).

Under 17 - TripleS 3, Diepkloof Hellenic 0.


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