Former Motor Action and Bantu Rovers exciting winger Fortune “Fokoza” Ncube who retired prematurely from football two years ago after suffering an eye ailment has established a self-titled soccer foundation which will hold an Under-14 tournament on 23 December.
The tournament which will be held in his neighbourhood, Esporweni ground in Entumbane suburb will see four teams FMS Academy, Biya and Friends Academy, City Rovers and Flying Stars Academy take to the field.
Spokesperson of the foundation, Mike Ncube, said: “The tournament is meant to empower and develop young talent.
We also seek to groom the young players to become ideal professional footballers.”
He added: “This tournament is all about grooming, inspiring and giving hope to the youngsters so that they stay loyal to the game as they grow up because they are the future of the country.
All the four participants are going to receive playing kits, the foundation’s T-shirts and training equipment as a token of appreciation.”
Fokoza, an attacking midfielder who troubled many in the middle of the park at his peak, is now based in neighbouring South Africa where he is a coach at Sporting CP Academy who have links in Portugal.
“It is just a way of giving back to the community (Entumbane) that I grew up in. It is a community that played a vital role in my career. At the time we were growing up, a few people were willing to be socially responsible for the love of the game. With the little that I have, I think this tournament will serve as a Christmas present to the youngsters,” said the soft spoken former midfielder.