Team on top in prison league

2016-12-07 06:01
Tigers FC players celebrate being crowed the champions of Grootvlei Medium B Prison Soccer League Foto:

Tigers FC players celebrate being crowed the champions of Grootvlei Medium B Prison Soccer League Foto:

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The Grootvlei Medium B Prison soccer league, exclusively for inmates, ended on a high note with the crowning of the champions on Saturday (03/12).

A historic development is that all clubs honoured their league matches during the current term of 2016.

Tigers FC were crowned as the new champions after narrowly beating Celtic FC by 1-0 in the final played at the Grootvlei Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein.

The new champions wrestled away the title from Mangaung Unite, the 2015 champions.

The win handsomely rewarded the new champions’ consistent performance displayed during the whole season.

This consistent form saw the winners collect valuable points to ensure they scooped the title.

The winners were rewarded with gold medals and a floating trophy.

Mangaung’s dream of defending the title was crushed by Chiefs FC, who won by 2-1 in a crucial fixture. The loss benefited Celtic, who qualified for the final.

The league is run under the auspices of the South African Football Association (Safa) in Mangaung, with Interstate Bus Lines (IBL) as the main sponsor.

The league is aimed at developing the sport in prison and affording inmates a chance to unite with the community.

“Safa, as the custodian of football, will always ensure communities participate in organised football,” said Lehlohonolo Maduna, general secretary of Safa Mangaung.

“Further commitment is availing referees and instructors to conduct referee workshops, as well as coaches to conduct workshops.

“Grootvlei is not an exception, because they are part of the community.”

Mokgosi Setlai, manager at the Grootvlei Medium B Prison, has expressed his appreciation with the federation and IBL supporting rehabilitation programmes for prisoners, uniting them with the community.

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