The Under 17 Youth Elite Games tournament is set to be held on Saturday 16 June at Cosmo City Multi-Purpose Centre. It will be a one day tournament with eight teams participating to mark the youth day commemorations.
Youth Elite Games is a football organisation which moves from township to township promoting youth talent. The teams that will be participating in this year’s tournament are Cosmo United, Royal Gunners, Golden Drifter Academy, Prestige Football Academy, Bridge Town Rovers, Bophelong Development, Nale Academy, and La Confiaza.
The Youth Elite Games tournament organiser, Mike Sebola said they aim at giving back to the community.
“There are a lot of talented young boys in the community, so we are trying to make them realise their football dreams. We expect more scouts to come and watch the boys. Last year’s tournament resulted in some youngsters being recruited by Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. We encourage more stakeholders within the Cosmo City community to support such kind of events. We thank the coaches for being so committed even though they are not getting any compensation,” said Sebola.
He added that the tournament is aimed at highlighting the importance of the youth day.
“It will be a youth day and we want the youth to be integrated and inspired through football. One of the best South African players, Tlou Segolela, is part of the organising team, and he will bring some inspirational advices to the youngsters during the tournament,” he said.
The secretary of the Cosmo City Local Football League, Thulani Malebana said the completion in the league will make the Saturday’s tournament interesting.
“All the under 17 teams in the league are doing so well, that we are expecting fireworks on Saturday. There are four teams from the Cosmo City Football League that will be participating and we invited the four other teams outside Cosmo City,” said Malebana.
Meanwhile, in a final match of the Boys and Girls Youth Africa Games tournament on Saturday 09 June 2018, Cosmo United beat Bridgetown Rovers five goals to four on penalties. The winners will be rewarded by Boys and Girls Youth Africa on 22 June.
In an interview, the Cosmo United under17 captain, Sophumelela Vumazonke, said their victory has boosted confidence of the players as they were preparing for the Youth Elite games.