‘Focus on the game, not gangs’

2016-06-08 06:00
WITH the Bushbucks FC players are from the left, front: Letlhogonolo Phakisa, Elton Scott and Bradley Williams (on the right); back: Resego Mashinini, Zolile Mokgalagadi, and Katlego Chabagae, with on the far right Serame August and Tumelo Magano.  Photo: Supplied

WITH the Bushbucks FC players are from the left, front: Letlhogonolo Phakisa, Elton Scott and Bradley Williams (on the right); back: Resego Mashinini, Zolile Mokgalagadi, and Katlego Chabagae, with on the far right Serame August and Tumelo Magano. Photo: Supplied

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AT least three soccer teams from Galeshewe and the Mankurwane Development Structure participated in a soccer tournament hosted against drugs, alcohol and gangsterism on Sunday, 15 May.

The tournament was hosted by five former members of Galeshewe and Mankurwane Development who are now between the ages of 17 and 19. They are Bradley Williams, Elton Scott, Katlego Chabagae, Serame August and Zolile Mokgalagadi.

Chabagae and Williams are part of local teams playing in the SAB League and Scott is part of the Dalton Brothers, which plays in the promotional league.

During the event, held at the FNB King George Stadium next to the Galeshewe Stadium, the hosts delivered speeches aimed at discouraging the young players from chasing after the distractions of drugs and alcohol, as well as gangsterism.

Scott told the young players about how his best friend had been killed in 2015 as a result of his involvement in gangsterism.

He explained that his friend, who had been playing in a development team, had started feeling bitterness towards a rival team. This intensified until he had lost interest in soccer.

“After he quit soccer, the rivalry continued and escalated into gangsterism, which led to the player of the rival team stabbing him to death,” said Scott.

“Most boys drop out of this development structure because of alcohol abuse. They also tend to lose interest because they are not exposed enough within the structure.”

He urged the players to avoid becoming impatient and ending up in trouble.

The tournament, which saw Bushbucks, Ghetto United and Tshwaragano All Stars participate, turned into a mini-league in which prizes and gold and silver medals were presented. Bushbucks emerged as the overall winner.

Tshekisho Tokelo Molema, coach of Bushbucks FC, thanked all those who had supported the tournament by being present, including the coaches.

“Our players are faced with the challenge of getting impatient due to them not benefitting from anything, even after winning the league,” Molema said.

“Thus I took the initiative of exposing my players in order for them to enjoy soccer more. We went on a trip to Bloemfontein last month where we played against Free State development teams.”

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