Mhlengi Cele gives back to Eshowe community


Usuthu’s 32-year-old striker Mhlengi Cele took the opportunity to host his second two-day football tournament at Nkumane grounds during the Easter weekend due to Usuthu while Nedbank Cup football taking centre stage.

While the Usuthu faithful is eyeing next week’s all-important Absa Premiership clash with Supersport United like a hawk, according to Cele turning out to this year’s tournament’s will go a long way to offer hope to upcoming and aspiring players of Eshowe.

“I don’t know what to say, to appreciate the whole of the people of Eshowe who showed their support from the first day up to the end.

“I am sincerely grateful for His Worship, Mayor Thelumoya Zulu, for his big heart and his office for his support, from Friday to Saturday he graced us with his presence under such a busy schedule.”

“I hope the youngsters that all played get encouraged, and one day get their chance to showcase their talents at the big stage,” said Cele.

Umlalazi Municipality Cllr, Zulu was among the spectators on both days alongside the likes of Siyabonga Nomvethe, Jabulani Ncobeni, Bonginkosi Ntuli, Buthelezwe Ncube, Somila Ntsundwana on Friday.

Siyethemba Sithebe, Sphesihle Maduna, Boiki Modisakeng and Sbusiso Mabiliso were part of Saturday’s proceedings while the Bukasa Kasonga led AmaZulu U19’s played an exhibition match against local invitational squad.

Usuthu won 1-0.

The Mayor congratulated the winners, Zone 14 who emerged the champions, beating Enyimba FC 1-0 in the final. The tournament attracted 16 teams.

“It brings joy to me to see a local boy like Mhlengi who has made it professionally, to see him come home to do something like this to make an effort in the development of others.”

“It is not only about football alone sometimes but just any form of talent in sport can be used to change the lives of people,” said Councillor Zulu.

The winners bagged R 10 000 in cash, a trophy, playing kit, soccer balls and gold medals.

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