THE small village of Nkandla, KZN was buzzing with excitement when two of the country’s biggest soccer teams played friendly matches with local teams.
Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates were pitted against the village’s youngsters at the annual Nkandla Mayoral Cup, which took place at the local stadium on Saturday.
Soccer legends Doctor Khumalo, Arthur Zwane, Steve Lekoelea and Ace Khuse performed tricks on the pitch, inspiring cheers of approval from the crowd.
Mayor Thami Ntuli said the teams were invited to the cup because the municipality wants to improve the lives of people in the area.
“Local hotels and lodges benefited a lot from the event, because many people came from afar to see their sporting idols. Even the hawkers who run shisa nyama stands went home smiling because lots of fans ate their food,” said Ntuli.
Dumisani Shange, who lives near the stadium, said he was excited to see his heroes in person.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see Doctor Khumalo in my kasi. It’s a dream come true.”
Former Orlando Pirates star Eugene Zwane and former Kaizer Chiefs left-back Ntsie Maphike thanked the mayor for the invitation. The two said they were looking forward to contributing to the development of football in the area, as well as talking to youngsters about education and sport.
During the final match between Chiefs and Pirates, Chiefs won 1-0.