LFA suffers from lack of proper facilities

2019-04-04 06:00
Members of Langa Football Association from left: Mzwandile Mphahlele head of competition and the association’s chairperson Eric Gum at Langa Stadium. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Members of Langa Football Association from left: Mzwandile Mphahlele head of competition and the association’s chairperson Eric Gum at Langa Stadium. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Members of Langa Football Association are appealing to the City to maintain their soccer fields at Langa Stadium and install lights to enable them to play at night.

They said they engaged the City’s officials on numerous occasions but their plea fell on deaf ears.

LFA Chairperson Eric Gum complained and accused the City of not rendering the same services with other sport codes in Langa. He cited that soccer has been marginalised for decades.

“Other sport grounds (cricket, rugby and hockey) are taken care of by the City. They are irrigated and have lights whereas the football grounds are not taken care of. When we asked the City to do the same to the soccer fields they failed and cited that they don’t have the budget for us,” said Gum.

He said they have a hectic season every year because of a congested league.

He indicated that to comply with South African Football Association regulations the association must have a premier league, second division and junior division which comprises u.16 and u.14 teams.

“We have 10 teams in the premier league and 17 teams in other divisions. You can imagine 122 games per season playing on only three soccer fields,” he stated.

The LFA head of competitions, Mzwandile Mphahlele added that there is no water and our changing rooms are locked whereas on the rugby side the water are running and everything is perfect.

“It seems as if the City doesn’t recognise the job that we are doing to take the children from the streets. Sometimes some of the teams have to play twice a day to be able to finish the log because the SAFA has a deadline for the log,” he said.

“We are building future stars like Thabo Mngobeni, Andile Sixaba, Gareth Ncacha and we have players, such as Masizakhe Myathaza who is playing for Chippa United and Masilakhe Phohlongo for Ajax Cape Town,” said Mphahlele, adding that all these players were scouted playing under LFA.

Mayco member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said the City is aware of the grievances raised by users regarding the sports field in Langa. “Operation staff have put forward a motivation for a facility upgrade based on a series of assessments and complaints raised by stakeholders. The needs have been prioritised and will be submitted for funding in the 2019/20 financial year as part of the draft budget,” said Badroodien.

However, he emphasised that the time-frames for implementation will depend on the budget allocation in the 2019/20 financial year.

He added that the City’s Recreation and Parks Department is committed to communicate with all role players to ensure that all interested and affected parties are updated on processes as it unfolds.

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