Team scores goals against crime

2017-06-13 06:00
Marlon Bosch (Middle) with team members Simphiwe Dola and Belito Fortune at their practising field.

Marlon Bosch (Middle) with team members Simphiwe Dola and Belito Fortune at their practising field.

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A resident of a troubled railway neighbourhood in Maitland has started a soccer team to fight crime.

Marlon Bosch says he is tired of watching youth succumb to drugs and crime and he has found a solution for his community.

The Montague FC soccer team (named after Montague Road) was started only two weeks ago and already has about 20 members aged between 15 and 40.

Bosch says he is happy with the rapid growth of his team.

For the past two months the area around Royal Road next to the railway line has appeared in the news with mainly negative reports of crimes. Police have found different types of drugs in the area, prostitution is reportedly growing and robberies happen even in daylight.

“I realised that these boys have nothing to do, they just sit there and think of all the bad things and end up in trouble. I decided it is about time I do my part. I encourage every young man out there to not just idle on the street but rather join us and be part of the positive change,” Bosch says.

“We still have challenges with resources but we do have two balls for practise and already secured a match with a Woodstock soccer team. However, we do not have enough kit. We would appreciate anyone who could donate blue and white or a green and gold soccer kit.”

Members of the team say they are excited to be part of it and they hope it will attract many other young men too.

Belito Fortune says: “It is going to keep us off the road and out of everything happening there. I think it is a good thing for us.

“I have always wanted this because I only played soccer at school; it is my first time to be part of the team in my community.”

They practise from Monday to Thursday from 17:00 to 18:30.

V To donate, contact Bosch on 074 747 9729.

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