The minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula hosted the send-off dinner for Nkunzimbinni junior Secondary School from the Eastern Cape, together with Nestle Milo Championship and South African Schools football Association, a head of the team’s departure to participate in the Milo African Championships Tournament in Ghana.
The Milo African Championships Tournament will take place between 9th and 14th April 2012 in Accra in Ghana. Nkunzimbini junior Secondary School from the Eastern Cape won the South African 2011 Milo Nestle Championships. They will be playing other five teams like Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leon, Liberia and Kenya, and enjoy some of the sights and activities in Accra as they prepare for the ultimate games.
MILO NESTLE CEO Danesh Gordon was also present to wish the kids a very good luck and that they must bring back the trophy home, he also called on other government department to sponsor schools football for the betterment of youth development “ it is not good enough if we don’t have government supporting tournament like this one, we have made commitment as Milo Nestle to sponsor schools sports so that kids can play football at a very young age and this is not about us but is about Nation building and also about individuality of each child’s development., Go out there, we believe in you that you will bring back the Cup here at home, the country is behind you all the way.” Said MILO NESTLE CEO Danesh Gordon.
The inaugural MILO African Tournament was launched in 2010 and it took place in South Africa. The event amplified the programme’s success by increasing its reach to five African markets in total. During the 2010 even South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria participated in the tournament.
“ We are looking forward to a successful year in 2012 when we roll out the schools sports program. South Africa will never be the same again! In 20 years time, this program must put us in the same league as Australia, the Uk and the US. These kids don’t play in the nice stadium or where there is grass but they have manage to beat schools from KZN and GAUTENG to get where they are now, this is a story that will aspire the next generation to come, they have made their history. They also celebrated with the whole community for this success they enjoying” Minister of sports Fikile Mbalula Concludes.