The Eastern Cape Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture MEC Fezeka Nkomonye is over the moon after hosting the men’s Cosafa Cup tournament for the first time in the province.
The regional showpiece which featured 10 countries provided some relief in many sectors, according to Nkomonye, who believes they hosted a successful tournament.
Speaking to FARPost after the host country, South Africa won the final on penalties against Senegal over the weekend, a joyful Nkomonye described the moment as very special.
“Hosting this final on 18 July, on the actual Mandela Day and actually having South Africa being victorious in the tournament means a lot,” she said.
“It’s a becon of hope that not all is so bad in our country, we deserved this as a country, we needed to hear good news, we needed to feel the spirit of good news of a winning country and Bafana Bafana have done it for us.
“It feels special in so many levels that in the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality and on Mandela Day the boys did it and they won in the province of Eastern Cape, it really feels special.”
Nkomonye continued: “The city was ready to host the tournament, it came just after the province and the city held a sports Indaba, wherein we are wanting to turn Nelson Mandela Bay into a sporting destination.
“Remember this is not the first time that the city hosts the Cosafa Cup tournament, last year we hosted the Cosafa Women’s tournament and from that we learnt so much, that’s why we were able to host this one successfully.
“It’s very crucial as the province to host these kinds of events, working together with the office of the Premier in turning this province into a tourism destination.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter