In an effort to motivate and boost player’s confidence on the field the Ward 42 councillor in Gugulethu handed over a full soccer kit to the local teams on Friday 12 February.
The event was held at Fezeka municipal chambers in Gugulethu. At least 10 teams from the ward, including Lotus, Khikhi, Phola Park and a section of Manenberg, benefited.
Councillor Sonwabo Ngxumza stated that all the soccer kits bought from his ward allocation money. He said buying soccer kits for local clubs has been long overdue. “Some of the team owners approached me since 2016 requesting help. But we were struggling because our budget was so tight. So, at last we managed to give them what they wanted. Each team received a three piece kit (socks, shorts and soccer jersey),” said Ngxumza.
He said they are hoping that the players will be motivated by the new kit.
Mighty Stars coach, from Khikhi, Jabu Mdlankomo said his team was struggling for many years to have a decent kit. He said his boys won’t share the kit anymore now. “Now the seniors will have their own kit and juniors have their own kit. They won’t share it anymore,” he said. However, he stated that their challenge is a practicing ground. “We are practicing on the open spaces in the area. Most of the teams here are affiliated to different associations because we don’t have our own playing ground,” said Mdlankomo, adding that are playing the league games under the Greater Philippi Association.
Subcouncil 14 chair Thandi Makasi described sport as part of fighting crime in the area. “Our aim is to encourage young people to stay away from wrongdoing and focus on sport. By giving them kit we want them to be identifiable from other teams,” she said.