The Brakpan Local Football Association (BLFA) chairman Phoko Mokubung has expressed his delight with the success of the restructured senior league, otherwise known as the Super League. The recently-concluded league, which was won by Tsakane-based Verbal Warning, had for the first time a total of 26 teams that competed across two streams.
Verbal, who won the Stream A league that comprised of 13 teams, beat Stream B champions Black Stars in the championship final playoffs to win the title. They won 4-3 on aggregate, after beating their opponents 4-1 away from home in the first leg, before Stars won 2-0 in the return leg, which, however, wasn’t enough to overturn the big first leg deficit.
Mokubung says having 26 teams in the league helped to accommodate the many players who live in Tsakane, and also helped with ensuring that the players did not waste their time off the field. “It shows that we are working and (that) we’ve managed to take most of the children and most of the adults from the streets to the playing fields.”
Mokubung, who is affectionately known as ‘Magic Feet’ around Tsakane, also says their LFA had the most teams of all the LFA’s across Ekurhuleni, which is something that he as well as the Regional Executive Committee are proud of. He says they are looking for even more teams to affiliate for next season. “We need numbers, to be fair and honest, because we can see the challenges that the country is having, like here in Tsakane whereby we know that the drugs are the ones that are taking more of adults and players. So we’re trying to have more teams so that we can keep them away from things like nyaope, you know, so we need them at the ground.”
Mokubung says their league raised the bar with the number of teams in the past season because many other LFA’s struggled to attract as many, with others not even managing to get eight teams in their leagues.
The chairman, though, is still calling on sponsors to help the league improve in its role of developing footballers. “Now we’re going to host the top 8, and we still need sponsorship. We still also need sponsorship for the prizes for (log) position one, two, three.”
He appeals to potential sponsors that, “We need you guys to support us in this journey because, what we are doing it is not for us, we are doing it for Tsakane as a whole.”