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Tsantsabane LFA gets big boost ahead of Easter tourney

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In all eight teams will take part in this pre-Easter period tournament

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The Tsantsabane Local Football Association (Tsalfa) is the envy of its peers as it has unveiled a jam packed Easter period football programme for the area which enjoys a massive financial backing from Anglo American owned Kolomine manganese mine.

Tsalfa local organising committee member Allister Davids yesterday confirmed that the association had received a substantial sponsorship from Kolomela mine for the 2018/19 season. However, Davids said the association preferred to keep the exact amounts confidential until such a time as they have convened a press briefing where they will release the details of the sponsorship.

Davids said Tsalfa have availed a sum of R216 000 to the organisation’s affiliate structures including the Tsantsabane Masters Football Association that will be awarded R32 500 to use for disbursement as prize-money towards staging their own pre-Easter period football tournament.

The plan is for the Masters Football Association to stage their event on April 6-7 at the Newtown football field in Postmasburg. In all eight teams will take part in this pre-Easter period tournament, Davids said.

That prize-money will
be awared as follows:

1st prize: R15 000 with the cup and gold medals

2nd prize: R10 000 and silver medals

3rd prize: R 5 000 and bronze medals

4th prize: R2 500

The fee to join the pre-Easter tournament is R2500 per club.

A fortnight after this tournament Tsalfa will then host the 2019 Easter Football tournament from April 19-22 at the Postmasburg Showgrounds where 24 teams will take part, Davids said.

The breakdown of the prize-money for this tournament is:

1st prize: R75 000, with a cup and gold medals

2nd prize: R50 000 and silver medals

3rd prize: R30 000 and bronze medals

4th prize: R20 000

5th prize: R10 000

6th prize: R10 000

7th-12th prizes: R3500 (tsalfa members) – R5000 (non-members)

Davids clarified that only teams that play organised football qualify to partake in the Easter weekend tournament. Tsalfa will require confirmation of local football association membership as well as that players had association registration cards, which was compulsory.

The joining fee for this tournament is R3500 for members who are registered with Tsalfa while all others will be expected to pay R5000.

The closing date for payment of this joining fee is Tuesday March 5. A draw for the Easter tournament will be conducted on Thursday March 21 in Postmasburg.

Davids advised that all interested clubs contact their respective tournament organisers for more information.