Plans are afoot to improve sport in previously disadvantaged communities through the Rural Sport Development Programme by the National Department of Sport and Recreation. But residents of rural communities such as Mahlashi in Limpopo are continuing to do it for themselves with limited resources and facilities. LUCAS LEDWABA captured the action of a top 16 football tournament this Easter.
GATE CONTROL: A fan gets stamped after paying the entrance fee at a football tournament in Mahlashi, Limpopo province. Residents of this rural village like many others dotted across the province who are starved of recreational facilities pay a small entrance fee to watch football matches during holidays.
Action in a match between Tshosha and Banareng at Mandela Grounds in Mahlashi, near Burgersfort, Limpopo province.
NOT THIS TIME: A goalkeeper doesn’t take chances as he reaches for a shot that goes over the target.
A couple is silhouetted against the setting sun as they watch a football match at Mandela Grounds in Mahlashi, near Burgersfort. Football tournaments like this one keep residents entertained in these areas which are starved of recreational facilities.