First Soccer Tournament Held on New Pitch

Kruger Park News Archive

Mahlangene Ranger Station under Section Ranger, Reckson Seani, hosted a very successful soccer tournament on Sunday, March 6, 2005.

The committee members, Willempie Nkuna (Chairman), Queeneth Mashigo (Treasurer), Zandy Nyawo (Secretary) and Evans Mkansi (Section Ranger Phalaborwa) went out of their way to make the day successful.

Some outstanding soccer was played on a brand new soccer pitch built specially for the occasion as well as for future use. The players and the cheering spectators were welcomed by Regional Manager, Ben van Eeden, who also presented the trophies and medals.


Game 1: Olifants (1) Letaba (1)

After a penalty shootout, still even.

Olifants won after the fifth sudden death penalty shootout.

Game 2: Mopani (0) Phalaborwa/Mahlangene (1)

Final: Phalaborwa/Mahlangene (1) Olifants (0)

Winners of Trophy: Phalaborwa/Mahlangene

Best Goal: Julias Mkansi

It was a day of good soccer, excellent food, and lots of entertain- ment. There was music and dancing throughout the day, with the Mopani Choir treating the crowd to songs between games as well as the National anthem before the final match. Cold drinks and beer were supplied by Kwai Drankwinkel in Phalaborwa and the committee thanked them for their sponsorship and attendance.

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