Cooperation boosts sport

2016-09-14 06:00
TEAMS of the Sol Plaatje Local Football Association displaying remarkable talent during the tournament. Photos: Boipelo Mere

TEAMS of the Sol Plaatje Local Football Association displaying remarkable talent during the tournament. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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IF we had the means we would fully focus on sports development in the province only. What is desperately needed, is for the parents to come on board and support their children.”

These were the words of Mokhantso Maphasa of MStar Promotions during the soccer tournament her company, in partnership with Dikonka Enterprise, hosted at the Galeshewe Stadium on Saturday (10/09).

The tournament, for which the Sol Plaatje Local Football Association was approached, was aimed at promoting sports development in the province.

The hosts managed to get a few sponsors on board to make the event a success.

Speaking on behalf of both companies, Maphasa revealed that although they had hosted a youth tournament in June, their wish was to fully focus on children’s development.

“That is exactly where we identified the need. We want to raise kids in a sporting environment where their talent can take them far. This way we can groom them at an early age as well.

“We thus approached schools and the LFA to send all their divisions teams. We appreciate them heeding the call.

“We also appreciate the Departement of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) for supporting the initiative.”

On behalf of the department, Bobby Mongale pledged the DSAC’s support of the tournament.

He highlighted the need for the programme to be channelled to the local South African Football Association (Safa) and expressed the opinion that they should be key roleplayers.

“I am positive that we will run the programme better next time, with the relevant roleplayers involved, and of course, parents’ participation,” Mongale said.

“Parents tend to come on board only when their children are turned into stars, which is not a good tendency.”

Mongale called on federations to play their role, coming up with programmes.

He further motivated full participation in the upcoming Sports Council, expected to be held on Thursday, 29 September, aimed at eliminating all in-fighting between federations and different roleplayers.

Mandla Qwesha, coach of Galeshewe United, said he was happy to be part of the tournament. He said that the tournament was a good initiative that is hosted apart from the league.

Thabo Namisa, development co-ordinator, said that they hoped the partnership established through the tournament would remain.

“In this way we will be able to identify talent while they are all here. All Galeshewe structures participated,” Namisa said.

Another coach, Zakes Mojanaga of the Diamond City Club, added that tournaments like these were crucial, as the boys were used to playing in an full format.

“They played the seven-a-side tournament that lasted for 20 minutes, which we feel plays a vital role in their development,” Mojanaga said.

“In these games the field is smaller and we are able to spot their capabilities. It enhances their ball-passing skills in future.

“Their ball-handling techniques will definitely improve in future.”

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