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Sport - Date: 13 June 2020
Written by: Kaizer Nengovhela / Viewed: 1087
The name Rufus Kharidzha will always be part of the history of the administration of soccer in the Vhembe area.
Kharidzha was elected as deputy president of the Shitlelani Football Club in 1978. He was the founder of Malamulele Football Association in 1980 and the secretary of Mission Young Rovers Football Club and Vuwani Football Association sub-zone.
In 1981, he was appointed as chairperson of the Kings Brew League of the Great North Far North Zone of the Transvaal Football Association. From 1982 to 1984, he was the chairperson of the Great North Far North Zone of The Transvaal Football Association. In 1985, he was a founder member of the Transvaal Soccer Association that later formed the South African Soccer Association after the historic soccer split/breakaway from the South African National Football Association.
From 1985 to 1990, he was the chairperson of the Venda and District Soccer Association after the demise of the Great North Far North Zone.
He said that his association was supported by of the Department of Education and they had organized the training of local referees. After the training of referees, they were accredited to officiate at professional soccer league games.
“Our league administration was very poor. We then introduced the league management system and appointed volunteer league managers. This improved the reporting and capturing of league results and thereby gave credibility to our service. League managers were using their own equipment to do their work. When the voluntary league management system was starting to experience some strain, we organized offices and hired a league manager, Mr Ronald Makhadi. He was the secretary of the zonal structure at that time.”
Makhadi was assisted by Mr Elvis Booi. The staff had effective equipment to receive and capture results and administer all matters related to the zone and leagues, he said.
“During our tenure, we nurtured and promoted what is today Black Leopards from zonal status to National Professional Soccer League status at that time. At the start of the soccer split, Leopards remained with the Professional Soccer League.”
He said that the late soccer administrator, Mr Solomon “Sticks” Morewa, was always impressed with the local organisational efficiency and effectiveness. “We used to have off-season friendly matches with teams from the top national league. This exposed our players to scouts and, as a result, some of our local players attracted the attention of the top clubs.”
He said that he agreed with the Minster of Sports, Arts, and Culture, Nathi Mthetwha, that “if we are to develop sports to the best of our children's God-given talents, we should not only rely on community efforts but should ensure that we have viable and sustainable school sports programmes. Have a healthy mind in a healthy body.”
Rufus Kharidzha. Photo supplied.
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.