Deputy mayor, Fawzia Peer, and international football icon, Delron Buckley, praised the local lads for bringing glory to KZN.
Since its inception, multiple Proteas and franchise players have come through its ranks. This year’s event continued the tournament’s hero making trend.
The tension was mounting as Shannon Stars who led the pack seemed invincible. Before this week’s encounter, they were six matches unbeaten. This week, they were up against second placed Vutha and mid table Varsity Girls.
The special recognition was bestowed by senior karate leader Ronnie Knott, who is the sensei of one of the foremost structured karate organisations in South Africa.
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The seasoned tournament fighter turned coach, Brando Shihan has been practicing karate since the tender age of four under the guidance of his father the South African karate legend, Sonny Pillay Hanshi.
Matfield, who is the most capped Springbok, has been tasked to lead a panel of experts in selecting the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day recipients at the Coca-Cola Craven Week, which took place recently.
Pillay has also been invited by the WKF president, Antonio Espinos, to address the WKF Congress in Spain in October which is a first for SA.
The prestigious Coca-Cola Hero of the Day award is presented on each day of the tournament in recognition of a game changing ‘hero’ moment.
In 2014, Coca-Cola took it one step further by introducing the Coca-Cola Hero of the Day campaign, a daily award that recognises and rewards standout players who embody the qualities of a hero.
The men’s final saw SAPS-Gauteng clash with Liberte in a thrilling climax which went all the way down to the final set. The KZN team reached the final after they beat a highly fancied, Delfos TWR team which boasted the likes of legendary, former national captain, Andile Masinga.