Former national under 20 team Amajita and Supersport United FC shot stopper Dumsani Msibi has pledged to assist local football by sponsoring one of the tournaments during the festive season in Mkhondo. The proposed name is Dumsani Msibi Annual Tournament to be played from 19 to 25 December 2018 starting with a group phase, quarter finals, Semi-Final and final. It was previously known as Mkhondo Xmas Challenge.
The tournament will be part of the annual Mkhondo Diski Festival which begins in the 1st week of December until New Year’s Eve. The festival has been attracting hundreds of fans for the past five (5) years without proper sponsorship. It will be the first time that the tournament receive the kind of money proposed by the former Amajita and Bafana Bafana keeper. The clubs will still have to pay the R1000 affiliation fee as per previous two years (it was R700 until 2015).
The format will be a point system with four (4) groups (ABCD) then the quarter finals, semi finals and final on 25 December 2018.
Dumsani made a presentation to the Mkhondo Local Municipality sports office represented by Mr Sandile Nkosi at the Kempville Offices of the municipality on Monday 15 October 2018. In presence was Mr Ntokozo Simelane and Lindani Vundla the secretary and deputy secretary of Mkhondo Local Football Association. The player was born and raised in Thandukukhanya, Mkhondo and has taken a conscious decision to give back to the community in which he was raised.
“I want to prepare young players locally for professional stage while promoting a healthy lifestyle, a lifestyle without the use of drugs and alcohol abuse in Mkhondo.”
In the presentation Mr Msibi said he wanted to contribute in raising the standard of football in Mkhondo. “I am using this free time to contribute in development of football here at home. I want to prepare young players locally for professional stage while promoting a healthy lifestyle, a lifestyle without the use of drugs and alcohol abuse in Mkhondo.” He is doing all of this while waiting for the January transfer window to open and get a club. Dumsani played for Witbank Spurs last season in the National First Division. The proposed prizes will include trophies, medals and cash prizes for top four teams. The cash prizes will be the biggest that has ever been played for at R26500. The money will be divided among the top four teams. The 1st prize will be R15000, R7000 for runners up, R3000 for 3rd place and R1500 for fourth place. A total of sixteen (16) teams are expected to participate in the nine day tournament with a maximum of 32 expected. The format will be a point system with four (4) groups (ABCD) then the quarter finals, semi finals and final on 25 December 2018. The other tournaments which form part of the Mkhondo Diski Festival is the Mkhondo Festive Cup played for by clubs playing in Mkhondo Promotion League to play on 9 to 17 December 2018 and the Mkhondo Kasie vs Kasie Challenge which will play from 26 to 31 December 2018.