Palamente Football Club will host their first Langaville Easter Knockout Challenge in partnership with Kwa-Tsaduza Albinism Society Initiative (KASI) next Saturday, to motivate young soccer players who are under teams that are not affiliated to the local league.
The Knockout Challenge will consist of four amateur under 15 teams from Langaville Extension 1 and Extension 2, which will compete for a trophy and medals.
To bring hope to these soccer young stars, Mandla Gininda, who is the chairperson of KASI, says they will be handing over 50 school bags to 50 selected and deserving boys who will be participating in the Knockout Challenge. The school bags will be the cherry on top because the team that takes first place will walk away with a trophy and medals whilst the team finishing second will only walk away with medals.
Gininda says that he is motivated to see the boys’ dedication and how they respect their coaches. “Everytime when I am in Langaville I see these boys training as if they are playing under a certain league, they are professional and they respect their coaches.”
Gininda says that when he chats with these boys, they always give him the impression that they are not motivated by what they are doing even though they are so good at it. “When I talk with them they tell me that they only have themselves to challenge although they train every day.” This inspired Gininda to want to do something to encourage the boys to keep doing what they love and be motivated to invest more love into soccer.
Palamente Football Club and KASI have engaged Orlando Pirates Langaville Branch, Ekurhuleni Mayoral Office, and other organisations to be part of the initiative.
“I feel great about the tournament we will be hosting on 20 April. It will bring change in my community. It is not just a soccer tournament where soccer is just played but will bring confidence to upcoming young stars – those who will be playing as well as the younger ones – our under 9, 11 and 13’s will see that they can play soccer right here in the dusty grounds and be awarded,” expresses Palamente Football Club’s Chairman Mduduzi Khumalo.
Teams that will be competing include SSS Academy, Black Stars FC, Jamluti FC, and the hosts, Palamente Football Club.The first match will start at 11 a.m and the last match will take place at 12:30, and thereafter winner one will play against winner two.
The school bags handover will be led by Ward 81 Councillor Makhosazana Gwayana and will take place between 13:45 and 14:10, before the final match. For more information you can contact Khumalo on 081 272 0011 or Gininda on 071 222 2942.