Bulawayo– In a time when the country’s health sector is having’ jelly knees’ as a result of crippling economic conditions, workers in the city have found a way of keeping healthy through active participation in sports.
Formed back in 2004, the Bulawayo Corporate Social Soccer League had a sole target of reducing sickness amongst the working class in the city. It initially incorporated volleyball, netball and soccer, but later on dropped the other two to focus solely on soccer due to financial constraints.
Companies like National Blankets, National University of Science and Technology (NUST), National foods, Econet, MacDonald Bricks, INNSCOR, CBZ bank, Forestry Commission, Railways, Nissan Cloverleaf, ZBC, and Makokoba Community, were part of the teams formed 15 years ago.
Engineer Albert Mkhadla, the Secretary General of Bulawayo Corporate Social League, said the league has grown strong since its inception in 2004 and has engaged the uniformed forces to intensify their training sessions during weekends.
“As the teams increased, we formed the executive committee to lead the league, which was done successfully up to now. As from 2006 we saw uniformed forces joining our league up to today they are helping us socially and to exercise every weekend,” Mkadla said.
He also acknowledged that the prevailing economic climate in the country affected their league negatively as a number of teams they started with withdrew their membership from the league.
“Teams like Shinning Stars, Rainbow Hotel, ZRP Donning ton, Elephants, Barham Green FC, Creamy Inn, FC, Homelink Bulawayo, MH Galaxy, Colbro FC, and other teams left due to financial and other reasons.”
“The league is still running and we are playing our last games this coming Saturday before we proceed to our two annual tournaments. We have three new teams on standby to join the league as from 202. We have a log and the winner will walk away with a shield and monetary value all teams will have a participation reward,” he said.