Soccer players to gain experience

2016-10-05 06:00
THE u.12 team that is to be part of the SPLFA team participating in the Goodwill Games underway in East London. On the left is coach Lebogang Mabaso and on the right is coach Serame Madumo.  Photo: Supplied

THE u.12 team that is to be part of the SPLFA team participating in the Goodwill Games underway in East London. On the left is coach Lebogang Mabaso and on the right is coach Serame Madumo. Photo: Supplied

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THE team of the Sol Plaatje Local Football Association (SPLFA) league entered the Goodwill Games with great expectations of bringing home a fair amount of experience, and many medals, on their return from East London.

For the first time in history, the SPLFA is part of the annual Local Football Association’s tournament.

During the tournament they will compete against provinces such as the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

At least 80 players from different development leagues (ranging from u.12, u.14, u.16 and u.18) left Kimberley on Tuesday (04/10) to participate in the tournament, which is already underway.

It was with pride and great expectations that parents heeded the call by the SPLFA executive to finalise the arrangements for their children’s trip.

The parents spoke in one voice about how they were impresssed by this positive move by the association to give their children well-deserved exposure.

The games are expected to put the Northern Cape on the map, as the teams and coaches will learn a few tricks from other teams and get the opportunity to be exposed to national scouts.

Admitting that this is the first time that his child is getting such exposure, one of the parents, Olaotse Motebe, expressed how such initiatives can groom the young players.

“This is a positive start for development teams.

“They will be groomed physically, emotionally and be deve-loped psychologically,” added the pleased father.

Another parent, Lesego Kabawa, is also positive that her son is amongst the few that stands a chance to catch the eye of the scouts.

“He has always loved soccer and I also believe that is his destination,” said Kabawa proudly.

The chairperson of SPLFA, Seabata Makhele, said that the tournament will give the players a platform to identify their own talent and to export their talent.

“The regional tournaments which we usually host are a once off programme.

“This will give them more exposure, as it is a much bigger platform where they will stand the chance of being spotted by scouts who will take their talent to greater heights,” added Makhele.

The team of SPLFA is led by four captains, Thabang Mokasi, Mohau Nkota, Lesego Eland and Kagisho Maruping.

Below is a short soccer background of each captain:

Thabang Mokasi (u.12)

Date of birth: 13 February 2006

Hometeam: Bushbucks FS

Position: Centre back

Name of coach: Tokelo Thekiso

School: Homevale Primary School

Grade: 5

Type of exposure: Only local tournament

Mohau Nkota (u.14)

Date of birth: 9 November 2004

Hometeam: Dalton Bros

Position: Left back

Name of coach: Papi Mohapi

School: Kimkgolo Primary School

Grade: 6

Type of exposure: Only local tournament

Awards: His team won a bronze medal during the Kaizer Chiefs Tournament in 2015

Kagisho Maruping (u.16)

Date of birth: 17 June 2002

Hometeam: Boys High School team

Position: Striker

Name of coach: Kagisho Matile

School: Boys High School

Grade: 8

Type of exposure: Only local tournament

Previous teams: Scorpions Soccer team, Diamond City

Awards: Soccer Player of the Year, school award in 2015

Lesego Eland (u.18)

Date of birth: 5 April 2000

Hometeam: White City United

Position: Centre back

Name of coach: Ditiro Sebolai

School: Tetlanyo High School

Grade: 10

Type of exposure: FNB Tournament in 2015

Previous teams: Real Diamonds

Awards: Team won a bronze medal during the Nelson Mandela Challenge 2015

Executive award winner: White City team awards ceremony

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