Parents urged to support children’s vision in sport

2017-11-30 06:01
Youngsters who contributed exceptionally were awarded.

Youngsters who contributed exceptionally were awarded.

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Kasi parents have been urged to support their children’s vision and dreams. Ulana Academy own Simphiwe Ulana said few parents support their children’s vision especially when they choose to play football.

He said this during awards ceremony for his team at Itsitsa primary school in Mfuleni on Saturday.

Ulana owns an academy that teaches soccer to young boys in kasi starting from eight years to 18 years old. On Saturday during the awards ceremony—he brought some professional soccer players from Ajax Cape Town to motivate and teach youngsters about soccer.

Few dozens of parents gathered during the event where Ulana called for parents to support their children in their vision. “We all know that parents have got expectations for their children and in most cases soccer isn’t one of it.

Many parents want their children to be doctors and lawyers, at the same time a child may take the soccer route,” Ulana said. Innocent Nemukondeni the former Pretoria University star who now plays for Ajax Cape Town told parents to stand with their kids.

“When I grew up my parents never supported my career because they wanted me to focus on education. I would have been very far if I had the support of my parents, they only started to support when I was already a professional footballer something that I wouldn’t encourage any parent to do. Stand with the vision of your kids,” he said.

Another soccer player Ndiviwe Mdabuka who grew up in kasi told the young players how he struggled to get into professional football. “It wasn’t an easy journey to be where I’m today—what matters is commitment and hardwork. I have to juggle both books and football and I finally manage to break into professional football. It’s not easy to get their but you must keep focused and know what you want,” he added. Nemkondeni added that: “Education is important as a footballer because the career maybe short you would want something to fall on,” he added. Kasi soccer fanatic and academy owner Ulana has called for government and private entities to sponsor grassroots soccer development.

“Where are the sponsors, we need support to ensure these youngsters fulfil their dreams,” he added.

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