MOLWENI LOCALS HONOURS LATE AMAZULU LEGEND
By: Nqobile Maphalala
The community of Molweni and neighbouring wards hosted a tournament to honour the late soccer hero and former AmaZulu FC star, Joe Mlaba on the 2nd of September.
In addition to the honour, the tournament also aimed at encouraging the youth to participate in different sporting codes. This annual tournament started in 2012 with 16 teams participating in
soccer and netball.
Mlaba was the first person from Molweni to play in the Premier Soccer League as he donned the famous green and white of Usuthu and represented Bafana Bafana once.
Nyakanyaka, as he was popularly known amongst his fans, used to make dangerous and blistering runs on the right flank.
Nyakanyaka suffered from TB and died shortly after joining KwaZulu-Natal legends in 2008.
The legends were scouting and developing talent in the province.
Super Strikers won in soccer, Simosakhe Ngwane was the chess master and in Netball, and Madiba Stars were victors. The stake was high as R6 000 and kits were awarded to the
champions of this year’s tournament.
Sthembiso Mchunu, ward councilor said that the event lived up to expectations and should continue every year.
“It is exciting to see such a turnout in the stands to witness the games.
I just want to encourage the youth to remember and honor Joe Mlaba and know that soccer can be a solid career if it’s supported with education,” said Mchunu.
Bheki Mlaba, family member said, “Joe Mlaba didn’t have the privileges that today’s youth have, but he fought for his dream and didn’t play for money.
We as the Mlaba family are extremely grateful that the community has not forgotten their hero.”
Mzwakhe Nyathikazi felt that the event was a huge success and they are very proud as the organisers that the youth came out to give support and participate.
“The event was truly inspiring and I am overwhelmed with joy and want to thank everybody who participated. The community, ward councilor and for all the sponsorship and assistance we
received,” added Nyathikazi.