With the focus on the eradication of youth substance abuse and aiming at keeping the youth off the streets, OGA (One Goal for Amsterdam), hosted several tournaments during the December holidays, which did not only involve youth members of Amsterdam, but also some players of Mkhondo and the Vezunyawo area as well.

Mr N. Dlamini, of One Goal for Amsterdam (OGA), informed the Excelsior News that they started with a Local is Lekka chess, netball and street soccer tournament, which was held from the 24th of December 2018 until the 13th of January 2019. Some participants boast natural talent whilst others were still new to the games, but a positive vibe between all the teams was present throughout the tournaments.

From the early hours of Monday, 24 December chess players prepared for a long day of concentration. It was also a first ever of its kind to be held in Amsterdam and players had the opportunity to play six rounds to compete for the winning prize.

After a day filled with tension between the competitors, Sthembiso Hlatshwayo was announced as the ultimate winner. Lungelo Nzimande was second and Njabulo Dlamini came third. Soccer players showed great enthusiasm for the street soccer tournament, which also encouraged a large number of young members to participate.

The U/13 – and U/17 matches took place at the KwaThandeka Stadium in Amsterdam and after battling it out amongst each other for the number one spot, KFC FC beat Cronjé FC with a final score of 3-2 in the U/17 tournament. Mr Price FC beat Wimpy FC with 3-1 on penalties to secure the number one spot in the U/13 section – well done!

Excitement grew as the girls were preparing themselves for the netball games. These games would not have been possible without the help of JOS Ministries. Thank you for your generous contribution towards the success of the netball tournament.

Even though several teams from Amsterdam as well as Vezunyawo participated in the netball tournament, the Young Birds netball club dominated the tournament from the beginning and managed to stay undefeated, even after a few intense matches – well done girls!

All the winners received medals and were treated to a delicious meal at the Glen Oak Lodge in Amsterdam. OGA would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their participation and for the passion they showed during each game.

Thank you to all the sponsors, which included various businesses and the Amsterdam’s satellite municipality (Mkhondo Local Municipality) for their generous donations, which ensured that the tournaments could take place. Mr Bongane Myeni and the team members of OGA are also thanked for their hard work and effort in making the tournaments a highlight.