Usuthu will take on city rivals Lamontville Golden Arrows on 23 June 2018 in the We Are One Festival under the banner of breaking down ethnic barriers that have plagued South Africa in the recent past.
The festival was launched on 06 June at the Kings Park Rugby Stadium, the home of the Sharks in the presence of the Minister of Energy of South Africa, Jeff Hadebe and eThekwini Deputy Mayor, Fawzia Peer.
Colourful Durban Philanthropist Vivian Reddy has backed the motive behind the project which is the brainchild of KwaMashu born former radio personality, Jacinta Ngobese.
Durban Tourism and eThekwini Municipality have endorsed the project to promote diversity among youth under the Nelson Mandela legacy.
According to organisers the football match between Usuthu and Abafana Bes’thende will get the ball rolling ahead a plethora of festivities over two days lined up at the Princess Magogo Stadium. A rugby match between the Cell C Sharks and the Cheetahs will be played on the same day.
AmaZulu FC Media Officer, Brilliant Mkhathini remarked: “We are very much honoured as AmaZulu FC, to be part of the festival, it is such a wonderful vision.”
“The role that we have in our hands as a football club is quite big, it extends to serving in the community, so social cohesion as it is, starts with us as football brands by being the difference and encouraging the public,” said Mkhathini.
Lamontville Golden Arrows Chairlady, Mato Madlala applauded the efforts to use local football brands to map about a change in general society.
Day one of the festival will commence in the morning with the Jeff Hadebe Fun Walk which will start from Phoenix to Princess Magogo Stadium. People from Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu and Phoenix are encouraged to come in their numbers to participate.
There won’t be a shortage of entertainment throughout the two days as football, netball matches between amateur local sides will also be on the offering in hope of catching the eye of the professional scouts on site.
Former AmaZulu and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, Ntokozo Sikhakhane and former Orlando Pirates striker Phumudzo Manenzhe have both been tasked with mentoring the upcoming players from KwaMashu and Phoenix as resident coaches.
Sunday, 25th June will see take the form of a musical cultural exchange day with stage performances and a children’s fun fair which attracts about 15 000 kids.
Entrance to all events (23-24 June) of the We Are One Festival is free. Follow #WeAreOneFestival2018 on social media for information leading up to and during the festival.Share