By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
IN Botshabelo, Free State
Irvin Khoza has been honoured by the provincial department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation in partnership of the provincial department of education after naming their newly formed schools league.
The tournament which kicks-off with ten schools, two from each of the province’s five districts will be known as Dr Irvin Khoza Free State Schools Football League of which R200 000 has since been set aside for the prize money.
According to Sports Youth Recreation Arts and Culture’s (SYRAC) deputy chief edictation speacialist, Sports, Shuping Seboko, the whole idea to have such a program in the province started last year.
“Our aim to come with this kind of a program was to keep our schools busy even after their participation in other SASFA competitions,” pointed out Seboko.
He added that: “The ten schools which will be participating in the inaugural of the competition were picked by the virtue of the good performance in the previous SASFA competitions.”
The schools will play a round robbing league format, home and away totalling to 18 matches per school in one season.
MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Dan Kgothule said they decided to kick-start this program with soccer as they wanted to honour Irvin Khoza and that they was no better time other tan now to do it.
“We are not neglecting other sporting codes and we will add them to this program in due course, it is just that we felt a need to honour Khoza while he is still alive for his contribution is the coutry’s football development,” added Kgothule.
Kgothule also confirmed that there are other sporting figures in their province such as Petrus Molemela who will also be honoured in a similar way in due course.
He also confirmed that there are a number of more sports program still be established in due course and that they are planning to build a number of sports facilities throughout the province.
The league’s inaugural schools are: Concordia from Theunisen, Dr Cingo (Kroonstad), Diamant Hoogte (Koffiefontein), Harmony (Virginia), Lere la Thuto (Zastron), Louis Botha (Bloemfontein), Moteka (Qwa Qwa), Ntsu (Bethlehem), Reikemiseditse (Sasolburg) and Seemahale (Botshabelo)
The winning school will be rewarded with a R100 000 cheque which they will use for their school project, a floating trophy and gold medals with the runners-up and third positions taking home R60 000 and R40 000 for their school projects plus Silver and bronze medals respectively while all the participated players will be given certificates of participation.