Local soccer teams battled it out during a five aside football tournament at extension 2’s Tanzania Park on 14 September 2019.
Five aside football is a soccer game in which each team fields five players (four outfield players and a goalkeeper). Other differences from soccer include a smaller pitch, smaller goals, and a reduced game duration.
Kgowa’s Entertainment organized the tournament. Soccer fans from Zandspruit, Cosmo City, Diepsloot and Lion Park attended. Music by local DJs gave the event a thrilling atmosphere while the battle between sixteen soccer teams kept the spectators fascinated and cheering. The tournament was organized to bring the community together and expose football talent, according to Kgowa’s Entertainment founder Tebogo Matlou known as Legkowadadj.
“We managed to bring professional players from Multichoice Diski Challenge (MDC),” he said, “because we wanted them to inspire our local players. We are currently focusing more on five aside so that it becomes as easy to spot the talent as it is easy to see the player movements.”
Matlou believes that there is need for the community to work together and develop the infrastructure for the game.
“I think we need proper grounds, and we can only achieve that when we unite as a community. We have been trying to get to the corporate communities, but it is always a challenge. There are many things that we need including soccer balls and goal posts.”
Many people enjoy five aside football even though it is not taken seriously in the community, said Thamsanqa Bhoqo a community member.
“I always enjoy watching five aside matches,” he said. “I think the community is yet to notice the importance of these matches. Through these games, crime is reduced as the youth are taken off the streets.”