Dreaming big for kasi football

2015-11-05 06:00
 MM Harare Stars after one of their training sessions in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: stix shweme

MM Harare Stars after one of their training sessions in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: stix shweme

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Dreams of men however lofty, are realisable if the dreamer is passionate.

These words escape the lips of MM Harare FC chairm Mpenduli Hlomla Siyandiba when he spoke to City Vision Sports at Aunty’s Place in Site on Sunday night.

Siyandiba was literally in high spirits as he catalogued a series of victories that his side scored in the past season.

“We won the Heritage Cup and various other tournaments we entered this year,” he enthused.

Siyandiba was roped into the club 2012 and has not looked back ever since.

“For me it’s not about the medals and trophies the boys bring to the club but just the mere fact they are enjoying themselves and are keepinf out trouble by playing sport,” he said.

Siyandiba a fearsome striker himself during his day, he answered to the moniker “Rush” as he banged goals for Black Stars, African United and later Seven Stars.

“I was very accurate in front of the goal posts, at Seven Stars I was competiting with Gerald Stober for a place in the starting line-up,” he boasted midlly.

He also played briefly for Tembisa United when opportunities became slim in the Mother City.

Now no longer able to “kick about” he has set himself a goal of helping youngsters achieve what he didn’t.

“I should have played for any side in the PSL but circumstances were different. Now these boys have the opportunities that we lacked, but we must support them,” he said.

As an example ample opportunities for this generation of footballers he cites three youngsters Chuma Ntshida, Simthembela Sokuyeka and Bulumko Xoyi who all had the opportunity to be selected for the Eyona Nedbank Cup trials.

Club manager Monwabisi Nomangola agrrees with Siyandiba saying their players have great chances.

“Our chairman deeply cares about the club and his relation with VPUU is making our lives easier,” said Nomangola.

He said since some of their players are ex-offenders the discipline instilled by the chairman was awesome.

“He does not suffer fools, they know what is expected of them,” said Nomangola.

Siyandiba appealed to local business people to “really support” initiattives like these.

“Ideally we would like to buy a franchise and plot our way to the Premier Soccer League. Khayelitsha is one of the biggest townships in the country deserves to have their own team competing nationally,” he bursts into a racous laughter as he notices that KDF chairperson Ndithini Leon Tyhido who is eavesdropping from a distance is nodding violently.

As a parting short he offers this humble scribe of Mago clan a stiff tort of a stonger liquid.

He urges him to “keep on walking” but unfortunatley the describe declines on the account of the inability to drink on duty.

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