PATRICK "Ace" Ntsoelengoe may be dead but his legacy lives on.
The former Kaizer Chiefs star midfielder, who died in May 2006, will be honoured at the yearly Ace Ntsoelengoe Schools Sports Programme that will take place on Saturday at Atlholang High School in Kagiso on the West Rand.
The matches start at 9am.
A variety of sporting codes such football, volleyball, netball and chess will be played on the day.
Mogale City spokesperson Bongani Gaeje believes the yearly event is good for young people in the area.
"School sports is important for children as it keeps them from loitering around the streets. We are hosting this event for two reasons: to honour a great legend from Mogale City, and to also ensure that young people are involved in positive things that will keep them away from illegal acts," Gaeje said yesterday.
He said they were faced with challenges when they started the tournament last year.
"The coordination of match venues, in particular, was a big challenge as we involve all the schools in Kagiso. We also did not receive any joy from companies, but we managed to overcome the challenges," he said.
Ntsoelengoe's widow Thato told Sowetan yesterday that her late husband was adored not only by the community of his home town, but by many South Africans for his invaluable contribution to the beautiful game.