Gauteng Premier, David Makhura launched the second instalment of the Premier’s Social Cohesion Games at a media briefing today, under the theme: “Unity in Diversity”.
The games are an initiative of the provincial government,the Hellenic Italian and Portuguese (HIP) Alliance and the Mmakau Group and areaimed at promoting social cohesion, nation building and mobilizing citizens and communities against racism and xenophobia in the Gauteng Province.
The 2018 Games have already kicked off with coaches from the Serie A and European Champions League contenders AS Roma, holding clinics for children and coaches in Ennerdale, Randfontein and Alexandra in the last weekends of March.
This coming Saturday, 7th & Sunday, 8th of April will see a congregation of Nationalities, Football Legends, Super Stars, Politicians and Celebrities club together in an effort to remind masses to say “No to Xenophobia” and “No to racism”.
The Games have attracted almost 4 000 participants including players over 35 years, from diverse races, denominations and nationalities, playing 7-a-side social football from across 11 regions of Gauteng.
The Last 16 stage will be held at the Westbury Stadium on Sunday, 8 April, with the ultimate final scheduled for the Ace Ntsoelengoe Stadium in Randfontein on Sunday, 15th April 2018.
The final will see 18 teams participating with 9 matches to be played.
Six Ladies teams will also participate in the Women’s Tournament.
Not to be outdone, other entertaining matches to be played on the day will be the “Gogos match”, where two senior citizens female teams “fight it out”, as well as the much anticipated Premiers Exhibition Game, featuring the Premier and many more well known former players and celebrities.
“There was never a more appropriate time to show the country how we can unite under the banner of football”, said Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
“Football is a common denominator; in Gauteng, on the continent and in turn the world-over. It transcends all differences and serves to remind us that we have a lot more in common, than what divides us.”