96 teams participate in Mandela tournament

Ninety six teams turned out in Diepsloot for a two-day tournament, on the weekend of 21 July, to celebrate one hundred years since Nelson Mandela’s birth.

The soccer tournament which was held at Muzomuhle Primary School, in Diepsloot extension two, saw various teams from different age groups battling it out for different trophies and medals. Out of ninety eight teams, there were four teams of girls’ soccer.

The teams were classified into three age groups of under 12 (with 24 teams), under 14 (with 24 teams), under 16 (with 24 teams) and 16 teams competed at the senior level.

Diepsloot Arsenal Development won in the under 12 competition while Diepsloot Malmo FC were the runners up. In the under 14 competition, Mamelodi Sundowns Satellite were the winners. In under16, Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Diepsloot Arsenal Development in the finals to be the winners. At the senior level, Diepsloot Youth Programme won the competition by putting Cosmo united as the runners up. In girls’ soccer, Akani FC won the competition after defeating Diepsloot Arsenal Development.

The winners were awarded trophies, gold medals and soccer balls, and the runners up were awarded silver medals. On top of that, the winners and runners up in girls’ competition were awarded huddles.

The chairperson of Region A Sports Council, Ngoako Sizwe Ramolesana, who also organized the tournament said it was a great moment to celebrate Mandela day through sports.

“Mandela once said ‘sports can unite people at a global level’,” he said. “The purpose of the tournament was all about using the passion of soccer to elevate the youth. We also aim to educate the adults about the benefits of using soccer as a tool in addressing different issues.”

Ngoako added that if people follow Mandela ‘sports ideas, the communities will be able to tackle poverty.

“It is always painful to note that majority of our young players are from informal settlements,” he added. “ Many youths in SA townships have experienced severe  poverty, bad parenting,  poor education, gang, substances addictions and weighed down with despair and hopeless. Through this tournament we brought hope to our youth. It was a great achievement to consider.”

Ngoako said one of the greatest achievements of the tournament was to include a team of the disabled. He said it was a way of educating the youth about not to discriminate people according to their physical appearances Achievements.

Noako expressed gratitude to the following for making the tournament a success: Kasma Printing, Wot-If Trust, Phagama Civils and Maintanance, Safe Hub, Sports and Rec-Club Development, RCLFA, COJ (Sam Mathapo and Mandl Mahlangu), Mr John Moeti, Johnny Madala Mathole, The referees, Security, and the Diepsloot Community.


Cosmo United coach, Foster Hlungwani, whose team lost in the final said such tournaments bring confidence among the players.

“It is always really good to play with competitive teams in the tournament it grows us as a team,” he said. “The tournament itself was very organized, impressive and exciting to watch. If the boys keep on working hard and they're disciplined keep on learning. They’ll go very far I'm happy for the way they performed.


Golden drifters moving up the football ladder

Golden Drifters Academy has bought the status of a professional team in the South African Breweries (SAB) to become the first football club from the North of Johannesburg to participate in South Africa’s third division league.
Through the support we got from local businesses the club has managed to acquire an SAB status to play in the professional league.
The Golden Drifters Academy president, Proud Shoko, said the dream of having a professional team from the north of Johannesburg had come true.
“Now that we will be participating in a professional league, our aim is to do our best to win and get promoted to the second division which is the ABC Motsepe league,” he said. “We are also targeting to get our players promoted to the bigger clubs because they are now professionals. We are also aiming to sustain our position in the league so that we do not get relegated.”
Shoko added that they are appealing to the corporate community to chip in and support the underground talent.
“Our request to the community and local businesses is that we need support
“It is always a challenge to run a team in the SAB League because it is always costly,” he said. “We have players from Cosmo City and Zandspruit, and at the moment we do not have our own transport to ferry them to and from the matches. We also need help with other administration fees such as match fees as well as for equipment. We welcome anyone who wants to work with us. We are also looking for players who want this opportunity to play in the SAB League this season.”
The SAB League will start on 4 August 2018 until May 2019, and Golden Drifters will participate in the Nedbank Cup tournament.
Golden Drifters Academy was established in 2011 in Cosmo City’s extension 7 by Proud Shoko. The club is mainly focusing on the development ages from under 11 to under 17 and
participated in the Cosmo City League from 2014 to 2016. While playing in Cosmo City League, the club’s under15 won the league and a league cup in 2015. In 2016, the under 17 won the league.
In 2017, when Golden Drifters started participating in the Zandspruit League, the under 17 won the league and went to participate in the SAFA Junior Championship at regional level. . In 2017, Golden Drifters Academy established its first ever senior team which was playing the Promotional League in Mogale City Local Football Association. This was the first ever senior team of Golden Drifters with the aim to promote players to professional football.

People who are willing to work with Golden Drifters can visit the offices at 174 Marina Drive Zandspruit (Rea Leboha crèche). They can also contact the Academy President on 0732487052 or email to

Nale academy wins Youth Elite games Tournament

Nale Academy from The Vaal won this year’s Youth Elite Games title after beating Bophelong Development 5-4 in a penalty shootout at Cosmo City’s Multipurpose Centre on 16 June.

The tournament saw eight teams participating to mark the youth day commemorations.

Bophelong, who were participating for the second time in the tournament, tried their best to hold Nale academy 2-2 in the regulation time.

Nale Academy, who reached the finals of last year’s tournament, came into the tournament as favourites to lift this year’s title.

An elated Nale Academy coach, Ghia Mokheti, was full of praise for his boys and boldly declared that the tournament will produce great players in the country.

“I am just speechless and you saw how wildly the boys celebrated after beating Bophelong because we never got the chance to win in the final,” he said.  “Last year we bowed out at the final stage and I think hard work has finally paid off for us. In future we will see great national players produced by this tournament. In our team we currently have Mthokozisi, who is in the under17 national team.”

The losing Bophelong coach, Thabo Wesi said he was happy for the tournament proceedings.

“I am happy we made it to the final and the boys did their best,”he said. “It was not easy to play against Nale Academy. All I can say is that this has been a great tournament because it prevents the young boys from the streets. On top of that we have celebrated the youth day in style.”

On their way to the final Nale Academy won all their group stage matches. In the semi-finals they met the best runners up of group B Royal Gunners and won 1-0 to set up the final against Bophelong

Bophelong’ route to the final saw them emerging from group A as runners up to Nale Academy after winning two games in group stages and losing one match. They dismissed Prestige Academy 2-1 in the Semis.

Youth Elite Games awarded the winning team a trophy, soccer balls, and a new football kit. They also awarded the best defender, the best midfielder, the best striker and the player best player of the tournament with a pair of soccer boots each.

Impophomo tournament rocks Zandspruit

Football and netball lovers in Zandspruit had a weekend to remember on 23 June when Impophomo hosted a one -day sports tournament at Emthonjeni.

Impophomo is a non-profit organisation which was established by Umsizi Sustainable Solutions to focus on the socio-economic development of various impoverished communities

The tournament saw 16 football teams participating in the tournament. Eight of the football teams competed in the under 13 group, and the other eight participated in the under 15 group. On the other hand six teams competed in the netball tournament.

Young Stars FC won the under 13 football tournament while Eleven Attackers were the runners up.  The Golden Drifters Academy under15 were the winners for the third time in a row since 2016 while Young Stars FC under15 were the runners up. In netball, Dangerous Divas were the winners as they put Young Stars Netball club as runners up.

Impophomo awarded all the soccer team winners trophies, soccer boots, kits and Medals. The netball team winners, Dangerous Divas were awarded sports shoes, kits, medals and a Trophy.

The director of Impophomo John Mark Kilian, who also organised the tournament, said their aim was to create awareness of sports as a means of social up-lifting and the need for improved sports facilities to benefit the community.

“This is all about bringing development and empowerment to people living in informal settlement,” he said. “This is to show that we do not neglect people, especially the youth.  Our aim is to work with the Zandspruit sports forum to help the youth to develop talent of the young ones,” he added. “The reason why we do this is because we love Jesus. We also acknowledge the work done by North Point Church and everyone who assisted to make this tournament a success.”

Bafana bafana player Siboniso Gaxa, who also came to witness the tournament, said it is necessary to nurture football talent at a young stage.

“Every famous soccer player started playing at a young age. I have a similar background to these young boys so I understand their challenges and hardships. I would encourage them to keep on giving their best in football and one day they will see themselves at a higher level,” he said.

The Zandspruit Development League chairperson Proud Shoko said the tournament was a success. He added that he was happy that there were no reported injuries during the day.


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