The excitement started a year ago when a project team consisting of Bishop Area Youth Facilitators (BYFs) from various Bishop Areas sat down and discussed the next big get together for the youth of the Cape.
Numerous meetings were held to ensure that the logistics which ranged from security to medical assistance were in place for the Mini Soccer World Cup.
Youth facilitators participated in a draw at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday 25 February 2014. Visiting youth from Argentina, drew qualifying groups for various nations to represent each team. Each Bishop Area arranged trials well in advance of the tournament in order to scout the best soccer players to represent them at Vygieskraal on Monday 16 June 2014.
Then the waiting began…
Mini Soccer World Cup, better known in youth slang as MSWC, is here!
The excitement was tangible and almost uncontainable as hundreds of young people strode onto the grounds of the sports field on Monday 16 June 2014. Teams were dressed representing the national colours of soccer playing nations across the globe. Their supporters did not steer away from the pomp and ceremony but embodied that of team and supporter playing together as they chanted songs, blew vuvuzelas and had their faces painted with the colours of the flags that fluttered in the wind.
Each team was introduced on the stage together with their “queen” who strutted her stuff on the catwalk in order to be crowned queen of the MSWC.
20 teams competed in the “YOM World Cup”. Switzerland and South Africa kicked off the world cup with a nil all draw.
Live entertainment and the crowning of Miss MSWC kept the crowd on their feet for most of the day. Random draws and spot prizes were awarded to the spectators.
As the group stages were completed with a showcase of soccer skills, only 2 teams made it to the finals. Lots of excitement gave way to a nail-biting atmosphere as the final match of the day took place. The players gave it their all but after a battle of epic proportions team France from Kensington Bishop Area came out tops after a penalty shootout.
The date 16 June, a national holiday in South Africa, also known as Youth Day, pays tribute to youth who sacrificed their lives for our freedom 38 years ago in 1976. They will always be remembered for this. We as youth who have gained this freedom will always remember to celebrate this day with dignity and pride. Elsewhere in the Eastern Cape a similar celebration took place in order to acknowledge the events that led to Youth Day.