Former soccer players form club

2017-12-13 06:02
PHOTO: SuppliedReunion Football Club from Elandskop.

PHOTO: SuppliedReunion Football Club from Elandskop.

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A CLUB, formed by former soccer players Thokozani “Mguyo” Nxele, Mwandla, Chris and Mondli Dlamini with the purpose of keeping fit, has ventured into competitive football this year.

In the Maritzburg Echo’s weekly feature profiling clubs under the Edendale Football Association (EFA), we put the spotlight on Elandskop’s Reunion Football Club.

Reunion’s chairperson Thokozani “Mguyo” Nxele said: “Our team was formed by former Young City Stars players with the aim of keeping fit and active, but when we realised the side could compete again, we joined the Padsa league in Northdale.”

That was in 2012, the year the team was formed, and the side was crowned Padsa first division league champions.

Their victories under the Padsa did not end there as they went on to lift the league’s Easter tournament cup.

Reunion continued to compete in the Padsa league until 2014 when they took a break.

“This year we decided to regroup and join the league for players over 35, which is under the Pietermaritzburg CBD area,” Nxele said.

In their maiden year of playing in a league they finished it in August as runners-up.

However, rather than wait for the league to resume in 2018, the side decided to join the EFA.

The club is in 12th spot of the EFA with 25 points in the bag, gained from the 22 goals, but they conceded 29 goals.

“We concede too much, even when we are winning we concede goals, for example, we might win with a 4-3 scoreline­,” Nxele said.

Reunion’s in-form player at the moment is mid-fielder Eric Mathewu.

Nxele is the team’s striker, who has put six goals into the back of the net since the EFA got under way, and has the most caps for his side in the season so far.

“It is difficult for me to tell you about the team’s short and long-term goals because we came together to form a team for the sake of staying fit and socialising,” Nxele said.

He said the side, coached by Ntuthuko Mwandla, welcomes former soccer players who want to keep fit.


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