THE Tsholotsho Football Association on Saturday held a memorial soccer tournament to celebrate the life of the late football legend Adam Ndlovu.
By Vitalis Moyo, Sports Reporter
The football showpiece, featuring locals, was held a local field at Tsholotsho business centre.
The celebrations were preceded by a Zifa Southern Division One match between Tsholotsho Football Club and Hwange side Rufaro Rovers with the home side emerging as 3-0 winners.
Hundreds of Tsholotsho residents came out for the celebrations which included a soccer match between a local team from the social league and Bulawayo side Amavevane.
A memorial service was held after the soccer match.
Tsholotsho Football Association chairman and event organiser Melusi Ndebele applauded members of the Tsholotsho community for coming out in their numbers to celebrate the life of the football legend.
“I am very happy that the people of Tsholotsho came out in their hundreds for this cause given that this is a rural set-up. There are over 500 people present with some having travelled long distances just to come and be a part of this. We organised this tournament in his honour as he played his last soccer match here in Tsholotsho after we had invited him,” Ndebele said.
The Highlanders legends team was also supposed to participate in the celebration, but could not make the trip citing transport logistics.
“We want to appreciate the Ndlovu family for their response to us in organising the memorial tournament. We had approached the brothers Marko Dube and Peter Ndlovu, who agreed to us holding the event, but they could not turn up due to certain logistics. They gave us the thumbs-up and the blessings to go on with the celebrations in their absence,” Ndebele added.
Zifa Southern Region Junior League chairman Mkhululi Mthunzi commended the organisers for setting a good example in celebrating the life of a soccer legend.
“It is a brilliant idea for Tsholotsho to hold such a tournament as Adam played his last soccer match here. The turn-up here is very good and it is an indication that Adam had caught the hearts of many during his illustrious football career. Well, the only sad thing is that the Highlanders legends side could not make the trip due to logistics,” Mthunzi said.