‘Investment vital’

2017-05-24 06:02
Lucas Matobako, president of the Free State Sport Confederation.Photo: Teboho Setena

Lucas Matobako, president of the Free State Sport Confederation.Photo: Teboho Setena

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The Free State Sport Confe­deration’s president, Lucas Matobako, has called on the Free State government to consider investing financially in federations other than football and rugby.

His call was in reaction to the provincial government’s R4 million offer to two football teams, Bloemfontein Celtic and Free State Stars.

The Free State premier, Ace Magashule, recently presented R2 million each to the two teams campaigning in the Absa Premier Soccer League, saying it was in line with developing football and the decision to invest in sport.

The two teams get monthly grants of R1,5 million, like the other 14 clubs in the elite rank.

While he welcomed the gesture towards the two elite teams, Matobako highlighted that investing in other federations involved in grassroots development was vital for the future of sport in South Africa and to accelerate talent identification and nurturing.

“It is our wish as the Free State Sport Confederation that this kind of funding can also be extended to other federations. This funding will be utilised by clubs to support the development of sport, strengthen teams in the identification of talent and capacitate development coaches and administration, as well as training camps,” he said.

Matobako pointed out that support and funding would be critical to Super Eagles FC achieving the goal of compe­ting in the National First Division (NFD). The Bethlehem-based outfit qualified for this year’s ABC Motsepe League national promotion

Play-offs will be held from 4 to 11 June to determine two clubs to be promoted to the NFD, which is administered by the National Soccer League (NSL).

Matobako challenged Ea Lla Koto’s management to support Eagles.

“The Free State must have a team in the NFD and supporting Eagles technically is very important, bearing in mind that achievement will benefit not only the teams, but also the locals, and advance the development of football in the region,” said Matobako.

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