Uplifting sports for girls

2018-02-06 06:00
PHOTO: nosipho mkhizeAssistant coach Sifiso Majozi and coach Bhekokwakhe Nene.

PHOTO: nosipho mkhizeAssistant coach Sifiso Majozi and coach Bhekokwakhe Nene.

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HIS dream is to see his netball and soccer teams grow day by day. Bhekokwakhe Nene (30) from KwaNyuswa has established women’s soccer and netball teams after seeing many women being interested in playing sport, but their love for sport not being noticed in community.

“Most women are keen on sports, but community members do not take them seriously, especially when it comes to women’s soccer. I established my teams in 2016 after seeing the need for a women’s team in soccer and netball. My clubs are based in Pinetown because it is a central area for training. Most of my team members come from in and around Durban.”

He said that at the moment, both teams have played friendly games with other local teams.

“I named my soccer team Juventuz Women’s Football Club and my netball team Thembelisha Netball Club. We play friendlies around Durban, Pinetown and KwaNyuswa.”

His biggest challenge is that most girls are controlled by their boyfriends, which makes it difficult for them to play comfortably at the clubs.

“Some of their boyfriends discourage the girls, especially those who play soccer. They discourage them by convincing them that soccer is for boys. This makes it difficult for us to keep the team together because some of them even quit because of the bad influence. However, we do advise and counsel the girls. We tell them to not listen to negative comments, either from the community, boyfriends or family members.

“We have a huge challenge with transport. Most of the girls come from far away areas and they sometimes don’t have money for transport. Therefore I am forced to use my own money for their bus fare. We also would appreciate it if the Department of Sports and Recreation would support us because it is not every day where you see a soccer team or a netball team in the rural area as well as in the township. We are in desperate need of sports kit, gym equipment and soccer boots. However, any form of donation would be highly appreciated.”

He said he plans on inviting more girls to join his teams. “We are also planning to do knock-outs in and around the schools in KwaNyuswa because there are a lot of talented young players out there.”

To support Juventuz FC or Thembelisha NC, contact Bhekokwakhe Nene at 071 559 4509.


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