Amateur teams match up

2015-10-06 06:00
The Cape District’s u.17 side is hoping to bring home the trophy at this year’s Goodwill tournament, taking place at the William Herbert sports complex from Thursday to Sunday.


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joseph pillay

The Cape District’s u.17 side is hoping to bring home the trophy at this year’s Goodwill tournament, taking place at the William Herbert sports complex from Thursday to Sunday. PHOTO: joseph pillay

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With the aim of reintroducing provincial soccer at local soccer association level and to develop amateur soccer in the region, the Goodwill tournament is about to showcase the wealth of talent across the country.

The Cape district will be hosting the tournament for the second time. It takes place at the William Herbert sports complex from Thursday to Saturday.

According to Iqbal Kasker, this year’s tournament coordinator, the advent of unification and the era of professional soccer have to a certain extent taken its toll on amateur soccer in the country.

“Gone are the days when the season’s climax was the annual inter-provincial tournament which all players, administrators and spectators looked forward to,” he says.

The selection and awarding of provincial colours to players who performed well throughout the season was a treasured experience to aspire to, he says, as he recalls fond memories fostered through friendly rivalries forged through the years.

“One only needs to reflect on the existing tournaments still being run by codes like hockey to witness a level of rivalry, competitiveness and camaraderie that most of our young players (if not all) have not yet experienced,” Kasker says.

One of the custodians of amateur soccer in the country, the Northern Areas Football Association (formerly Eastern Province Soccer Board) created the tournament to rekindle the inter-provincial tournament.

Since the Safa regions cannot cater for all its players, whilst they did introduce inter-provincial games for certain divisions, it was felt that the local associations should do something themselves.

The inter-provincial Goodwill local soccer associations tournament was launched at the headquarters of the Cape District in 2007.

The first tournament, in Port Elizabeth in 2008, was won by Mitchell’s Plain. The Cape District won the inaugural u.15 title.

U.11, u.13, u.15, u.17 and senior teams will compete in the tournament, which starts at 09:00 on all three days.

The eight local associations have been divided into two sections – A and B groups.

Group A: Host Cape District, Du Noon, King Williams Town LFA and Cape Town Tygerberg.

Group B: East London Central, Northern Suburbs, South Peninsula and Northern Areas.


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