Rovers FC champions

2016-06-15 06:00
PLAYERS of the Rover FC celebrate with the guest professional players and the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, Vusi Tshabalala, during the Mayoral League Awards ceremony at the Multipurpose Hall in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa.  Photo: Tladi Moloi

PLAYERS of the Rover FC celebrate with the guest professional players and the executive mayor of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, Vusi Tshabalala, during the Mayoral League Awards ceremony at the Multipurpose Hall in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Rovers FC are the champions of the inaugural Maluti-a-Phofung Mayoral League.

They have won the league with 83 points after 36 games.

This team from Harrismith has shown it is the strongest team in the league, beating their challengers, Masters FC and Majantja FC, who finished second and third respectively.

Rovers was presented with a cheque of R25 000, soccer jerseys and a trophy for winning the league.

Masters received R20 000 for their runner-up position with Majantja walking home with R16 000.

The teams that finished in the top eight went home with prize money while others received soccer balls and jerseys.

All these were presented at the glamorous Mayoral League Awards ceremony of the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality, which was held at the Multipurpose Hall in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa.

Vincent Pule of Bidvest Wits, Siboniso Gaxa, former Kaizer Chiefs defender, Patrick Tignyemb, the Bloemfontein Celtic goal minder, and his team mate, Itumeleng Duiker, were invited to motivate the players who had attended the ceremony.

Lefu Radebe, the head coach of the team, said winning the league had not come easy.

“We played with strong teams, but in the end we claimed the championship trophy. We could have not achieved this if the players were not committed.

“They have done everything throughout the season and today we are reaping the fruits of their hard work,” he said.

The team has been in existence for 15 years and has been playing in the gambling games. It was the first time they had taken part in the league competition.

Radebe said he would like to thank the executive mayor, Vusi Tshabalala, for what he had done for the community of Maluti-a-Phofung.

He said it was worth playing in the league considering the prize money they had won in the end.

“We had challenges along the season, but surely we would rectify them in the second edition,” he said.

During the season the teams were transported by the municipality to their respective fixtures.

Tshabalala said he could not give the exact amount that had been spent throughout the season for transporting the teams.

He, however, said about R100 000 had been spent during the awards ceremony.

“Our aim with the league was to promote sports.

“We were also hoping to produce players who would be identified to play in the professional divisions. We are going to work hand and glove with the South African Football Association (Safa) so that they can help us take our players to the big teams,” he said.

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