Lenasia and surrounding areas were abuzz with “World Cup” fever on May 12. Learners between the ages of 9 and 15 years displayed their skills at the Mini “World Cup” Festival which was hosted by Harmony Primary School under the auspices of the umbrella body, Lenasia School Sports. In total, 30 schools, both primary and secondary, male and female, participated in the 7-a-side tournament. This was in celebration of Harmony Primary School’s 35 years of existence.
The event was a kaleidoscope of colour, with schools representing different countries on their flags, kits, balloons and pompoms. At 8 am, the tournament began with a boisterous and entertaining march past. Once the opening ceremony was concluded, the games commenced on ten different fields. A total of 164 matches were completed between 9 am and 4 pm. A total of 164 matches were completed between 9 am and 4 pm. Large crowds attended the tournament throughout the day, which was concluded with an elaborate medal presentation ceremony, which include the cutting of a cake in the shape of the World Cup trophy.
The month-long preparation began with schools having to bid for the opportunity to host the tournament. Schools then congregated to draw the country they would represent on the day. Finally all the players had to complete an accreditation form through a registration process.
“We are proud to have hosted an event of this magnitude and thank everyone involved in its success,” school principal, Mr Hassen, said.
The chairperson of the LSS, Mr Naidoo said, “I salute you in playing the beautiful game in a highly competitive, yet spirited manner. You must be proud of the manner in which you conducted yourselves.”