Tournament a success

2015-06-24 06:00
THE u.9 girls’ team were amped before their game.
Boipelo Mere

THE u.9 girls’ team were amped before their game. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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THE organiser of the recent FNB football festival for the u.9 and u.11 boys’ and girls’ teams, Kagisho Matile, said the tournament had been a process of discovery for the children and local coaches.

Hosted in partnership with the Local Football Association (LFA) at the Galeshewe artificial soccer pitch, this soccer festival saw about 300 hopefuls participating in the tournaments.

Regardless of the fact that there were no trophies or prizes to be won, the young players enjoyed themselves and left their hearts on the field.

Matile explained that the tournaments gave both the players and coaches an opportunity to discover themselves and identify the different positions they could fit in.

Scouts and PSL players also attended, with the intention of motivating the players. Walter Steenbok of Sundowns, Stanley Muishond of Vascodagama and Bradley Halane, an international player, were spotted at the festival.

Matile, however, stressed that the children experienced a lack of support from their parents.

“Parental support remains a challenge in our community. I only saw a few parents, which was disappointing, given the number of participants. It is also disappointing to know that there are parents who still refuse to allow their children to participate in sports.”

He continued by saying that when those same families face problems of domestic violence, “they call us and expect us to intervene.

“When we do not have PSL or Mvela league teams, it does not mean that we must just sit back and watch our children disappear.

“We have talent here that needs to be nurtured at grassroots level,” he emphasised.

Matile, who was assisted by other coaches like Papi Mohapi and Serame Madumo, stated that the tournament had been a success despite a lack of sponsorships.

He revealed that in terms of sponsorship, local businesses like Pikwane Diamonds and marketing company Maleshaba came on board to sponsor food for the young players.

Kagisho Matile promised that, in the upcoming soccer tournament set for the September school holidays, the players would have trophies to win

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