The Lwandle Schools’ Soccer League (LSSL) ended the season by recognising the achievements of the standout performance age group teams this year.The event, which was held at ACJ Phakade Primary School in Nomzamo, saw the accolades shared among four schools in the different age group categories. While Umqophiso Primary School walked away the overall league winners in the boys’ U-10 category, the U-12 section was dominated by the boys from Silukhanyo Primary School. The U-13 boys’ league was clinched by the lads from Solomon Qatyana Primary School, while girls’ league winners were ACJ Primary School.At the awards ceremony, teachers of the participating schools thanked all the learners for their keen participation throughout the season. They also encouraged the teams that didn’t win their respective leagues not to lose hope and to work on taking on the challenge next season.Xolisa Godwana, a teacher at Silukhanyo Primary, is amazed by the talent learners of all the schools displayed on the soccer pitch. He hoped the schools could reach an agreement on forming one team to represent the greater Lwandle area against schools from other areas. “As these players are from different schools, I think we would have a strong pool of players to select a squad to square off against schools from Macassar and Khayelitsha,” Godwana said.“With the talent I have seen coming from our children, I believe some of them could one day represent teams such as Banyana Banyana.”He made special mention of the respect and sportsmanship displayed by learners towards their opponents throughout the season.Masixole Mbanjwa, a teacher at ACJ Phakade Primary School, admitted the competition across all age group leagues was very tough this year, with small margins separating the teams in their respective leagues.Siyabulela Feni, a representative of the LSSL, said it is the league’s wish to unearth footballing talent from this community in the hopes that local youths progress through sport. “Not all learners will be teachers or nurses, and today we have sports professionals who earn a lot of money through their talent,” he said in an address to the soccer players.“So we also want to see you in professional teams; it will make us proud to know that your footballing careers started right here.” The LSSL was founded in 2014 when teachers of the various local primary schools came together and decided to form a competitive league, Feni explained. He further encouraged the teams who did not walk away with any prizes to never give up and work hard to reach their goals.V See the photos on page 6.