Team makes comeback

2017-12-13 06:00
Accepting awards at the Masters League Awards Ceremony on Saturday (09/12) are from the left Desmond Mothobi (Diamond Boys 2017 league winner), David Cooper (Macarena Masters FC, third place in the league), Isaac Mmui (Juventus FC, fourth place and Easter Tournament champion) and Winston Assegaai (Young Pirates, runner-up and Rihanna Moshoeshoe 2017 champion). Photo: Boipelo Mere

Accepting awards at the Masters League Awards Ceremony on Saturday (09/12) are from the left Desmond Mothobi (Diamond Boys 2017 league winner), David Cooper (Macarena Masters FC, third place in the league), Isaac Mmui (Juventus FC, fourth place and Easter Tournament champion) and Winston Assegaai (Young Pirates, runner-up and Rihanna Moshoeshoe 2017 champion). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Everything will run smoothly if you have the right mixture in terms of fitness and dedication as a team.

This is the view of Desmond Mothobi, the proud Diamond Boys 2017 Masters League winner.

Diamond Boys took home the winning trophy plus a R5 500 cheque, awarded at the annual Masters League Awards Ceremony on Saturday (09/12).

Mothobi expressed how tough it had been for the team to win in the 2017 league due to challenging opposition throughout.

To him, the team is picking up the pieces after going through a dry period for a few years.

“This is a comeback for us to claim back that victory that we had been maintaining for a long time, due to us being one of the oldest teams in the league,” added Mothobi.

He added that the only team that had gained an advantage over them was Juventus Masters FC, who had managed to defend the Rihanna Moshoeshoe Cup until this year.

According to him, they have already started working on their objective of incorporating younger players in the team and building links with development soccer.

“We looked at where we lack in the field and vow to maintain that performance.

“Now we are ready to demand our respect back and maintain it,” Mothobi emphasised.

The Masters League will be celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2018 and is set to reveal its programme in line with its anniversary celebrations.

The league secretary, Papi Dibeco, said that they still had to finalise the programme and that this was scheduled for the first annual general meeting in the first week of February 2018.

“That is when we will revisit our plans, objectives and the partnerships to build for this memorable period.

“We will also incorporate our long-awaited plans to honour our local legends.”

The awards ceremony saw Young Pirates FC scoop second place in the league and the Rihanna ­Moshoeshoe trophy and medals.

Macarena Masters FC came third, while Juventus FC obtained fourth place in the league and was honoured as Easter Tournament Champions.

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