Annual soccer tournament
At the end of each year the Foundation sponsors the Manyoni Reserve soccer tournament which is held in the Vungama community on our western boundary. This is a popular event that receives a great deal of support from all the neighbouring communities. In 2016 we had 16 teams participating in the tournament, participants are all from neighbouring communities in the area around the game reserve, and the reserve’s own soccer team compete as well.
The tournament runs over 3 days, generally during the Christmas holidays leading up to Christmas day. Capturing everyone in their festive mood, the tournament becomes a focal meeting place for many people. With a DJ blasting the latest songs from under a shady tree, the spectators can enjoy a good supply of music as well as some energetic and competitive soccer playing.
The tournament has knock out rounds on each day. The excitement mounts as the final day arrives with only two teams competing for the championship. Winners and runners up are rewarded with medals, cash prizes and the Manyoni cup trophy.
There are plans underway to build a new soccer pitch for the area and to include a netball tournament for the women in the surrounding communities.« Back