A Christian non-governmental organisation, Smile for Africa, will hold a sports tournament at Mbonqane Primary School in Umguza District on Friday aimed at fostering awareness of life issues in schoolchildren.
The tournament will pit Mbonqane against Ntenjane Primary School of Bulilima District, who will battle it out for honours in football and netball respectively.
Lazarus Banda, Smile for Africa programmes director, said the organisation would take time to preach the gospel to the pupils during the tournament.
“We will be holding a sporting tournament at Mbonqane Primary School just 26km from Bulawayo off Solusi Road. We have adopted Mbonqane, a small-scale farming community which falls under Umguza.
The tournament will involve two schools, Mbonqane and Ntenjane Primary School, which is just across the road but falls under Bulilima District.
The communities are neighbours and they work together. The tournament will involve soccer and netball and the theme of the competition is ‘Coaching for Sport, Coaching for Life. We will also use the tournament to preach the word of God,” Banda said.
Banda said the organisations which will be at Monqane on Friday are Christian Aids Taskforce, Childline and Justice for Children Trust. They will talk about awareness on HIV and Aids, child abuse and legal issues affecting children.
As an inspiration for the schoolchildren, Smile for Africa said they would make available Mighty Warriors striker Rudo Neshamba, former Warriors’ strikers Agent Sawu and Adam Ndlovu, who is also Chicken Inn assistant coach, former Young Warriors’ goalkeeper Nelson Bandura and ex-Highlanders’ defender Dazzy Kapenya.
Banda said Smile for Africa has reached out to 500 children in Bulawayo and Umguza who are affected by and infected with HIV and Aids. They pay school fees for the children.
He said the organisation uses sport outreaches to raise awareness of life issues among young people.
He urged the business community to attend the tournament at Mbonqane Primary School and stay abreast of challenges facing the communities so they could come up with some form of assistance.