A UNITED front can save Tsholotsho youths from the clutches of drug and alcohol abuse if businesspeople in the region pool resources to sponsor sports clubs.
This was said by South Africa-based businessman Judas Nkomo at a Heroes Day and Zimbabwe Defence Forces Day sports tournament in Chefunye, Tsholotsho South.
Nkomo bemoaned the demise of Tsholotsho Football Club, which he says placed the district on the map in the Zimbabwean sports fraternity.
The two-day event was attended by multitudes of people from villages around the Chefunye area.
“We have a lot of successful Tsholotsho business people based in South Africa, Botswana and locally who can sponsor football, netball and athletics clubs that will benefit the youths.
“Sports can take youths out of the streets and give them something meaningful to do with their lives.
“It was not easy setting up this tournament but all the hard work and resources put into it was worth it,” said Nkomo.
Football and netball teams from communities in Tsholotsho took part in the tournament.
Zanu PF politburo member Alice Dube said the level of drug and alcohol abuse in the district was worrisome.
“We can’t keep losing our children to drugs and alcohol abuse simply because we can’t offer them meaningful things to do with their lives.
“We need more businesspeople to sponsor such events and establish sports clubs,” said Dube.