Colville United steps it up

2015-08-05 06:00

THE last time Colville was the pride of Kimberley and the envy of many a township, was during the 2010 Soccer World Cup when a group of young dancers from here, called Diski dancers, mesmerised people all over the country with their dance moves as part of World Cup awareness.

Colville now has two soccer seasons to make its mark in the world of soccer.

A local club, Colville United, has been promoted to the ABC Motsepe League and the team reckons it will only take two seasons for it to play in the National First Division (NFD). If this were to happen, many of the club’s financial woes will be history.

This, according to Milton van Heerden, Colville United manager, is not cheap talk – it can be done.

Clubs in the NFD are paid at least more than a quarter of a million on a monthly basis and that alone is a motivating factor for the team.

“We proved in the past two seasons that when determined, you can reach for the sky,” says Van Heerden.

“We bought the status of a team in Galeshewe in 2013 and renamed it to its present name – two years later we are in the ABC Motsepe League.”

The team is managed by Van Heerden as a team manager, but he says it has a team of four other managers in Grant Kamies, Charlie van Wyk, James van Wyk and Tyala Fish.

Van Heerden revealed to Express Northern Cape that in their quest for promotion they called upon 14-year-old players like Scara Fish and John Speek.

Van Heerden appeals to the Kimberley community for sponsorships and support. The club is struggling with a playing ground. An old ground that the club wishes to turn into its grounds has been identified, but it needs permission from the Sol Plaatje Municipality.

Colville United has joined Steach United, Juventus, Young Pirates, William Pescod, Liverpool FC, Kuruman Kicks and Young Stars as hopefuls for the NFD

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