Senior teams victorious in games

2018-10-10 06:04
The Sol Plaatje Local Football Association’s 2018 senior team champions (u.23) are from the left, front: Lebogang Tshelane, John Speek, Charles Ndlovu, Tshenolo Setlhogelo, Lebogang Senwedi, Thabisho Pheleu, Katlego Modise and Ofentse Modise; back: Tshiamo Modibeng, Deon Molusi, Thami Dike, Letlogonolo Ditema, Lebogang Gaoboihi, Tshepo Kakora, Bongani Malaza, Fekilo Mangaliso and Neo Maropong. Photo: Supplied

The Sol Plaatje Local Football Association’s 2018 senior team champions (u.23) are from the left, front: Lebogang Tshelane, John Speek, Charles Ndlovu, Tshenolo Setlhogelo, Lebogang Senwedi, Thabisho Pheleu, Katlego Modise and Ofentse Modise; back: Tshiamo Modibeng, Deon Molusi, Thami Dike, Letlogonolo Ditema, Lebogang Gaoboihi, Tshepo Kakora, Bongani Malaza, Fekilo Mangaliso and Neo Maropong. Photo: Supplied

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Amid logistical hiccups in hosting the annual Inter-Local Football Association (LFA) Tournament in Kimberley, the local senior divisio­nal teams were crowned champions.

The u.18 and the u.23 teams both scooped gold after giving the defending champions, Cape District, a run for their money. The u.16s only made it to the semifinals.

The Sol Plaatje Local Football Association (SPLFA) hosted teams from Thursday (04/10) to Saturday (06/10) at various football fields.

Participating teams were from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and the Kimberley and Phokwane Area. Some of the teams were kicked out of the A.R. Abass Stadium on Thursday after being accused of trespassing, due to the stadium being booked for a church function.

These games were moved to the sports grounds of the Diskobolos Military Base.

The u.23 team beat the Cape District in a clean sweep, while the u.18 team won by 3 – 1 in penalties.

The u.16 team made it to the semifinals, where they lost by 3 – 2 in penalties to the Cape District and won silver.

The junior teams made it to the semifinals, where the u.14 team suffered a lashing from East London Central by 5 – 4 in penalties. East London beat Sol Plaatje’s u.12 team by 3 – 0 in penalties.

Thabo Namisa, SPLFA youth development officer, is pleased with the executive’s support throughout the tournament, as it has proved that they are indeed the biggest LFA in the pro­vince.

Parents and the community at large, including the sponsors, were applauded for their commitment that led to what Namisa described as a successful play.

Giving an honest review of the tournament, SPLFA Chairperson Seabata Makhele admitted that the successes and achievements of the SPLFA’s objectives for the tournament clouded the negative.

“We have reached the objectives of exposing the players and testing their strength against their counterparts’ in other provinces,” Makhele said.

“The good results are prove enough that our teams improved in terms of tactics of play.”

He expressed disappointment in the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture in terms of giving a church preference over sport by allocating the A.R. Abass Stadium to them, which is a sports facility.

“We were treated like gate crashers at the stadium after we had a verbal agreement with officials at the department, who were later nowhere to be found when the drama started. Those are issues that still need to be ironed out after we were made to look incompetent,” Makhele said.

He also expressed concern towards the private sector for showing support in terms of sponsorship towards rugby – and not for soccer.

According to Makhele, there were many challenges in terms of organising the tournament, which led them to the verge of cancelling it.

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture allocated the Warrenvale Cultural Village to accommodate most of the players.

“We ended up with huge bills, which we now have to account for,” Makhele said.

For helping to make the event a success, the SPLFA expressed its gratitude towards everyone who contributed.

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