Tournament seeks out soccer talent

2017-09-20 06:01
The 053 u.17 Knockout Tournament was graced by the presence of, from the left, George Morekisi (LFA), Kenny Makwene (LFA), Molefi Ntseki (scout), Lerato Motloung (sponsor and organiser), Sabata Makgele (LFA), Morema Ramorebudi (scout) and Thabo Namisa (LFA).Photo: Boipelo Mere

The 053 u.17 Knockout Tournament was graced by the presence of, from the left, George Morekisi (LFA), Kenny Makwene (LFA), Molefi Ntseki (scout), Lerato Motloung (sponsor and organiser), Sabata Makgele (LFA), Morema Ramorebudi (scout) and Thabo Namisa (LFA).Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Another soccer tournament was launched in collaboration with the Sol Plaatje Football Association (SPLFA) on Saturday (16/09) and Sunday (17/09).

The two-day tournament, called the 053 u.17 Knockout Tournament, was launched at the Galeshewe-based artificial turf by a local businessman, Lerato Motloung, who also funded the tournament.

This time the tournament focuses on the u.17 players, wherein the u.17 and u.20 coach Molefi Ntseki, and Maluti FET assistant Bloemfontein Celtics coach Morena Ramorebudi, heeded the call to feed their eyes.

The hope was for the two coaches to identify and scout talent among the 14 teams, and give the province exposure.

According to Motloung he saw the potential in the players and decided to fund the tournament through assis-tance from Vemoni Holdings, who bought the trophies.

He added that it was all about talent being recognised in Kimberley.

“What I am grateful for is that the tournament was a success thanks to the LFA who welcomed my proposal and ran with it. They understood my love and passion for football, and how far it could take me,” he said.

The second leg of the tournament, next year, promises to be bigger and better, through providing LFA coaches with grassroots training on life skills.

“I am not a perfectionist, but my goal is for a planned idea to happen.”

Condemning the lack of support from parents for their child-ren, he called on the Kimberley community to protect their assets and infrastructure.

“It goes beyond buying your child soccer boots. You should also, as a parent, be able to cheer them on while they are playing.”

Ntseki appreciated the invitation from the sponsors in terms of developing their young players.

Regarding the outcome, he played it safe so as not to create too much expectation. He was, however, hard at work singling out certain players and giving input.

“Such tournaments help in the advancement of the players’ talent. We come in to manage that talent and nurture it.”

SPLFA chairperson Sabata Makgele said it was saddening to see a businessman coming from the Free State to uplift raw talent among them.

“We are, however, confident that we are on the right track, as we see potential in our children thanks to Motloung,” he added.

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