Unity and camaraderie delivered a bumper weekend in Ulundi, true to its theme, in the form of the successful Zululand Extravaganza which featured the Gumba Fest and the Prince Mangosuthu Legacy Cup from 28-30 July.
Throngs of football supporters came out in their numbers to be entertained in the tournament that honoured Prince of Phindangene, Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Sunday as AmaZulu FC, Bloemfontein Celtic, Mbabane Swallows and Zululand District Municipality XI did battle at Ulundi Regional Stadium.
It was Bloemfontein Celtic who lifted the first inaugural Prince Mangosuthu Legacy trophy after they pipped Usuthu 1-0 through a solitary first half goal from Kabelo Mahlasela.
AmaZulu had looked determined to finish the job in the final after Joey Antipas’ men overcame high flying Swaziland giants Mbabane Swallows 2-1 in their semi-final meeting. Celtic reached the final after beating Zululand District 2-0 in the first semi-final clash.
Usuthu evergreen striker, Siyabonga Nomvethe picked up some positives during the tournament.
“It’s a good a thing we played well as a team. I’m happy that the clubbed reached the final after beating Mbabane Swallows. I’m also happy that I got two goals but more important is the fact that the team worked together,” said Nomvethe.
AmaZulu General Manager, Lunga Sokhela, the project head, was appreciative of the response the public gave to honour Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
“We believe the project went well. Now that we have started it, we hope that next year we will raise the bar a lot higher. People came out in large numbers in both events.”
“It is not normal that B & Bs in the same region get fully booked. That showed that there were many people that came from outside of Ulundi,” said Sokhela.
His worship Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi remarked: “Team work can produce excellent results. Just look at what has been achieved by the teaming up of AmaZulu Football Club and the Zululand District Municipality.
“Sport is being promoted, young players are being mentored, and talent is being developed. All of this is bringing something positive to our people,” said Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.Share