League shapes youths’ future

2016-02-24 06:00
TAKING HANDS: At the launch of the Interstate Bus Lines (IBL) Promotional Rural Soccer League in Bloemfontein on Thursday (18/02) are, from the left George Mokhothu (IBL), Lehlohonolo Maduna (South African Football Association Mangaung), Thando Lepele (IBL) and Lucas Matobako (South African Football Association Mangaung). Photo: Sidwell Guduka

TAKING HANDS: At the launch of the Interstate Bus Lines (IBL) Promotional Rural Soccer League in Bloemfontein on Thursday (18/02) are, from the left George Mokhothu (IBL), Lehlohonolo Maduna (South African Football Association Mangaung), Thando Lepele (IBL) and Lucas Matobako (South African Football Association Mangaung). Photo: Sidwell Guduka

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WITH stars in their eyes and hearts full of big expectation, they used to dream of having their own competition.

They could not wait to become men so they could compete in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), maybe make it into the national squad, and even play in super competitions like the African Cup of Nations and the Fifa World Cup.

Now the young soccer stars of today can also look forward to the future – the Interstate Bus Lines (IBL) Promotional Rural Soccer League was launched to catapult their names into the headlines.

On Thursday (18/02) at IBL’s headquarters in Bloemfontein, officials from the bus company and the South African Football Association (Safa) in the Mangaung Metro Region witnessed the launch of the fourth edition of this league.

“It is key for us to continue sponsoring this league, because we planted this seed three years ago and we are beginning to see the results. But also, it is to benefit youngsters who are at the brink of losing hope because they is nothing that is being done for them,” said George Mokhothu, chief executive officer of IBL.

In total, 210 teams and 6 300 players from accross the Mangaung Metro Municipality will battle it out to become overall champions for this season.

Previous stars who are products of this league and are now plying their trade at PSL clubs include Sello Jaftha of Free State Stars and Kgotso Mokhele of Bloemfontein Celtic. The sponsorship value of this tournament will remain R100 000 this year.

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