Cup winners Ntlaza complain about lack of support in Libode!

Rugby teams playing in a tournament in Ntlaza organised by Nyandeni Municipality. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Football is like a product created in Black communities since it is constantly present. In truth, other sports can thrive much like it does since there are fans of them. The issue is that these other sports lack facilities and skilled coaches. Rugby continues to be played, even though football is the sport that is most frequently played in the town of Libode. This is demonstrated by the growth of the Ntlaza Rugby Club, which took part in the Eastern Cape Super 14, a significant competition that concluded its season last month.

Due to the youth of Mpondoland’s efforts in the sport of rugby, the municipality of Nyandeni decided to arrange a tournament over Easter so that Ntlaza could invite other teams to compete throughout the day. The municipality and the Ntlaza Rugby Club, a local Libode team, partnered to host the tournament, which featured eight rugby teams.

Mqanduli Sharks defeated Walter Sisulu 21-9 in the women’s rugby match, winning R12 000 in the process. The same Walter Sisulu University received R7000 in compensation. In the finals for the men, Ntlaza defeated Mthatha Old Boys 29-9. Ntlaza Rugby Club thereafter received R20,000.

Mthatha Old Boys was awarded R15,000, and Walter Sisulu University was given R10,000. When there are rugby tournaments, such as the one that occurred at the weekend, Lucas Mngwevu of Ntlaza criticised the lack of support from the business side in Libode.

“We receive very little support. The shortage of accommodations during tournaments is another issue in our area. Because the school we used was damaged, we ask families to accommodate the visiting teams’ players. The tournament went well, and the players enjoyed themselves,” Mngwevu stated.