Four football clubs from Mogorwane and Ga Moloi clashed at Mogorwane sports ground on Saturday. Rangers FC proved to be the kings of the dusty soccer field when they beat Tigers FC 3-2.
Rangers FC coach Mpho Selala said bringing all local teams together to play was a great initiative. He said new talent has been revealed today during clash of two teams that went to final.
“Tournaments are giving us a great opportunity as coaches to plough back what we had when we were still players. I knew lot of Tigers FC players before they even knew that one day they going to play against my team,” said Mpho.
He said they want to revive the culture of soccer tournaments.
“For these players to play wonderful football illustrate how great achievement we had so far. I want to say thank you very much to the organiser and I hope this is not end here. This initiative needs to go to other areas, not just in Mogorwane and we need to make sure other areas benefit as well,” he said.
According to tournament organiser, Mpule Mahlong said the competition was aiming to help young talented and skilful players to book sit in the professional level. “Sports are being promoted in some areas but here we are facing enormous challenges in terms of sporting equipment. Most of the players play on the field without soccer boot and they suffer injuries that lead them leave football,” he said.
Mpule said he is hoping to reach the goal of every school partaking in the tournament going home with soccer kit, balls and boots.
“I am appealing to local business people to donate equipment to the teams. We want to strengthen young players’ ability to play competitive football,” he concluded.