Panama wins the 'XI GRULAC Soccer Championship'
On Saturday, August 27th 2011 The Group of Latin American and the Caribbean countries (GRULAC) , hosted the “XI GRULAC Soccer Championship” that took place at Menlo Park Primary School in Pretoria. Twenty-six matches were played by 14 public primary school teams from around Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Each school represented The Group of Latin American and Caribbean Embassies (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela), and Spain.
Fourie Primary School representing Panama emerged victorious on the day. Ambassador Rodrigo Chiari and his daughter Monique Chiari were on hand to present the medals and trophy. Mahlasedi Primary School representing Venezuela were the runners up.
The Embassies were represented as follows:
- Argentina by Lowe Primary School
- Brazil by Budmbele Primary School
- Chile by Ezati Primary School
- Ecuador by Nantes Primary School
- Jamaica by Sinetjhudu Primary School
- Mexico by Jakaranda Primary School
- Panama by Fourie Primary School
- Paraguay by Hamilton Primary School
- Peru by San Martín de Porres Primary School
- Suriname by Khensani Primary School
- Trinidad and Tobago by Kgabo Primary School
- Uruguay by Laerskool Menlopark
- Venezuela by Mahlasedi Primary School
- Spain by Parish Daniel Comboni
Every player from the participant schools received a soccer kit consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks of the country they represent, as well as a medal and a certificate of participation.
According to the Heads of Mission of GRULAC the objective of this Championship is to endorse the development of South African Youth and to improve the sports, educational and cultural links between the people of South Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.
The tournament has been held for the past 11 years and Foreign Exchange - The Diplomatic Society has been covering the tournament since its inception. Each embassy has maintained an active educational and cultural link with its respective representative school over the past years.