Soccer Tournament to drive road safety message

16 teams are gearing up for a soccer tournament with a difference.

The second Lukhanyo Memorial Soccer Tournament is set to take place at the Thornhill Sportfield from November 29 to December 1 this year.

Chief organiser, Madodana Kota, said the tournament was more than just a showcase for local talent.

“It also serves as a road safety awareness campaign,” he said.

“Many young people from Thornhill, including my son, Lukhanyo, have lost their lives in road accidents. The tournament is a way to remember them and to warn those travelling on the roads this festive season to drive responsibly.”

Lukhanyo was one of five teenagers who lost their lives in a horrific accident on the R102 near Thornhill in January 2016. He was just 15 years old.

“Lukhanyo loved soccer, so my wife and I decided to start this tournament in his memory and to combine it with a road safety message to help decrease the number of road accidents and deaths,” Kota said.

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Kouga Municipality’s Community Services Portfolio Councillor, Daniel Benson, commended the organisers on the initiative.

“Each one of us has a role to play when it comes to road safety. The tournament is a fun way to get across a very important message, especially ahead of the summer holidays when the number of vehicles on the roads increases dramatically, “ he said.

The draw for the tourney recently took place at the Katrina Felix Hall in Thornhill.

Master of Ceremonies, Patrick Sacks, saluted Kota for transforming a tragedy into a way of empowering others.

“Leaders come up with solutions and our community is blessed to have leaders with such vision,” he said.

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