Leagues to commence

2019-03-14 06:00
The turf at Lwandle Sports Complex will become a battleground when local competitive leagues commence this weekend.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

The turf at Lwandle Sports Complex will become a battleground when local competitive leagues commence this weekend.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

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Soccer action in Lwandle is set to make a welcome return this weekend.

The follows lengthy delays within the Helderberg Local Football Association (LFA), after many affiliate members of the organisation failed to attend its annual general meeting (AGM). In the past, the competitive leagues were already in full swing at this time of year.

But LFA chairperson Mzukisi Madondile assured Lwandle’s soccer fans there would be no more delays.

“The league is starting this Friday (15 March),” he confirmed. “We were supposed to begin earlier this month, but the AGM, which was to take place on Sunday 24 February, was rescheduled for Sunday 3 March. That meant we needed to give teams time to process the decisions taken at the meeting.”

From the executive committee’s perspective, said Madondile, the LFA has been rearing to go since January. “However, we needed to take the funding factor into consideration, and this we are still lacking,” he explained.

“Our clubs are run from individuals’ pockets, and that is why we have to be so considerate when the league starts. Players’ cards need to be made, and joining and affiliation fees must also be paid.”

This year sees several changes to the LFA’s league structures, as the number of teams in Stream A teams increases to 20 while Stream B will only comprise u-18 teams. “As a development league, the idea is to champion phasing out the older players to be able to focus on development,” Madondile related.

“Currently, we have players aged up to 35 years in our top league. We hope to reduce the average age to 24 within the next two years and accommodate the over 25 players in a league designed for them.”

The leagues will start at the Lwandle Sports Complex this weekend, and spectators will have the opportunity to sit on the newly refurbished and repaired grandstand (“Stadium revamp lauded”, City Vision, 21 February).

The LFA again hopes that one of its teams will be able to move to a higher league within Safa Cape Town after the finals of this season’s leagues produce a worthy winner.

Last season Cape Royal FC narrowly missed out on the opportunity to play in the ABC Motsephe league, losing in the play-off semi-finals at Athlone Stadium (“Hopes for Motespe league dashed”, City Vision, 8 November 2018).

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