As part of the Mandela Month celebrations this weekend, Chippa United will handover playing kits to local clubs in Alwal North on Saturday, 15 July and on Sunday, 16 July in Mthatha.

The initiative by the Football Club is aimed to , “take action, inspire change, and make every day a Mandela Day” in honor of the late first South Africa’s First democratically elected president, Dr Nelson Mandela.

Executive Chairman, Siviwe Mpengesi said the Club as the “Hope & Pride” of the Eastern Cape is obligated to promote the values of Nelson Mandela.

“The Club through sport will continue with its efforts to give hope to the youth of the province and beyond its borders.

“We kickstarted our Mandela Month celebrations in Grahamstown where our First Team coaches conducted coaching clinics and offered Life Skills to aspiring footballers in the Makana region.

“We continue in Alwal North and Mthatha this weekend where we will be handing playing kits, conducting coaching clinics and scouting.

“I am delighted that the Head Coach, Dan Malesela, his Technical Team working with our Marketing Team have embraced an initiative of giving back to our communities.

“Giving back to our communities as the Club is at the centre of our existence,” continued Mpengesi.

Mpengesi revealed that the Club receives requests across the province to assist with playing material, etc.

“We endeavor to give back as much as we can because it’s prayers and support of the people in the province that have ensured we continue to strive in the PSL for the past three seasons.

“They support us through thick and thin which makes it natural to support the efforts at grassroots level.

“This is our small way as the Club to honor the wishes of our late President, Nelson Mandela,” he added.

Mpengesi added calling Chippa United to support International Mandela Day on 18 July.

The United officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of Mandela’s “values and his dedication to service of humanity”.