Hungry lions on the move

Hungry Lions FC is the first team from Cosmo City to participate in a professional South African football league. The SAB Regional League is the fourth tier of domestic football in the South African football pyramid. Most teams competing in the league are made up of players under the age of 19.

Hungry Lions FC has attained three points from three matches in their South African Breweries (SAB) Regional League season, and the coaches promise to keep on fighting.

The team lost their opening match 3-2. Their second game against Fleurof Future Stars was forfeited on walk over rules. Since Hungry Lions FC player’s cards were not ready before the game, the team automatically lost three points to Fleurof Future Stars. Hungry Lions won their third match against FC Barcenal on walk over rules after the opposition team arrived late for the match.


 “We are looking forward to competing with the teams in a professional league,” said Hungry Lions coach Paul Mphela, also known as Zico.

Zico’s team was affected by South African Football Association (SAFA)’s delay to issue the players’ cards, he said. “We lost a match against Fleurof Future Stars in a walkover rule because our players had not received their cards. So we had to give away three points to the other team. We are now playing in a professional league, and we have learnt that rules do apply.

“We promise the fans that we are going to do our best in the league and fight for promotion to the ABC Motsepe League,” he said.

Zico is happy for Hungry Lions FC to be the first team from the community to be a part of professional league. “It was not easy to get there,” he said. “The boys did very well, and they really want to see themselves in the next level. We are appealing to the businesses and community at large to give us support. We still need help in terms of ferrying players to and from the stadium. We have a challenge of players arriving late for the match especially for the away games.”

The coach also said that they need help with training equipment. Hungry Lions FC will be hosting Varsity College FC on Saturday 13 November at Cosmo City Multipurpose grounds at 15:00.

Hungry Lions qualify for SAB Regional League

Cosmo City’s Hungry Lions FC beat Diepsloot’s DYA FC 8-2 in the South African Breweries (SAB) League final play off match held at Multipurpose grounds on 6 September 2021.

In the SAFA SAB league semi-final play offs, Cosmo City Local Football Association was represented by Ikade Youth Development (2018 Senior League winners) led by coach Lazi Ntaoland and Hungry Lions (2019 Senior League winners) lead by Coach Tshepo Motsomi.

The two teams would fight for the Sole SAFA SAB Regional League spot against 2018 and 2019 Senior League winners from Diepsloot Local Football Association, namely DYA FC and Bophelong Sporting.

The resilient Hungry Lions beat Ikade YD 3-1 in the semis while DYA FC defeated Bophelong Sporting 5-2.

The final was very exciting between Cosmo City versus Diepsloot to crown the ultimate champion of our football region. DYA FC started well in the final and took an early lead against a very shaky and nervous Hungry Lions. Hungry Lions managed to settle their nerves and started getting more on the ball and took control of the match with Vusi and Austin dictating terms in the middle of the park. Hungry Lions started dominating the game and responded with quick five goals. At half time in was 5-1 in favour of Hungry Lions.

The second half started lively with DYA FC showing incredible fighting spirit to try get back in the game with yet another early goal to make the score 5-2. Hungry Lions once again settled and took control of the midfield. What followed was three goals from Hungry Lions to end the SAFA SAB Regional Play Off final 8 - 2.

This is an incredible achievement for Cosmo City football and the community at large as Hungry Lions is the first club from Cosmo City to ever qualify for the SAFA SAB Regional League, said the chairman of Cosmo City Local Football Association Thulani Malebana.

“This is a great achievement for us as the league,” he said. “we have never had a team in the SAFA SAB Regional League before, this is a great achievement indeed for the development and growth of our football and the Community of Cosmo City as a whole. When I was elected as chairman of the Football Association in 2018 one of my main objectives was to see a team from Cosmo City qualify and being represented in the SAFA SAB Regional League. That is a stepping stone. One day we would see one of our clubs in Cosmo City being represented in the PSL League.”

The South African Breweries Regional League is the fourth tier of domestic football in the South African football pyramid. There are many clubs competing in the competition. Most teams are made up of players under the age of 19.

“SAFA SAB Regional League is the first step, next step is ABC Motsepe League, then GladAfrica League and then the PSL - all is possible with a vision, hard work and determination,” Malebana said.

“I would like to wish all the best to Hungry Lions on their journey in the SAFA SAB Regional League. We know it is not going to be easy but the Assocaition will be there every step of the way to support Hungry Lions. To achieve what Hungry Lions has achieved in a period where football has been interrupted by the COVID pandemic in the last 18 months is truly amazing. We appeal to the community particularly private sector and businesses to please join hands with the Local Football Association to support Hungry Lions in the quest to put Cosmo City on the Football map, as this is challenging journey particularly financially as the team will be travelling all over the Gauteng province to represent Cosmo City in the SAFA SAB Regional League.”

We would like to thank the league for the opportunity to be part of the SAB playoffs, said Hungry Lions Management.

“The journey wouldn't have been easy without all of you. We would first like to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation to Ikade YD for the game they gave us. As Hungry Lions, we will need your support going forward. And we know we can count on all of you for support.”

Hungry Lions FC Management Tshepo Motsomi &

All the way to Spain: A young Cosmo City footballer needs support

Young aspiring female footballer Boitshwarelo Moaneno, popularly known as Lady Pogba, is appealing for the corporate community and stakeholders to help her raise funds to travel to Spain around September to showcase her prowess on the field in front of top scouts in major football clubs in Spain.

Cosmo City's Lady Pogba on the verge of joining spanish football club

Lady Pogba is strongly linked to a Spanish fourth division club through LH Sports Entertainment Management (Football International). She believes that playing abroad will be a breakthrough to her football career.

“I am very happy for the opportunity,” she said. “I am currently working with Ward 100 Youth Forum in terms of fund raising. Our aim is to raise two hundred thousand Rands. We are busy selling raffle tickets, and we are also approaching different companies. Some of the raised funds will be used to assist township soccer teams in sports facilities and equipment.”

Lady Pogba’s story started from an Instagram chat, and then developed into a big project after she sent her video clips to the Spanish club. When the club saw her skills on the videos they got interested in her, she said.

“A couple of months after sending the videos,” she said, “I got a message that I and another four ladies had been accepted. However, they told us that transport and accommodation will be on us. Hence I am doing some fundraising campaign.”

Manchester United star and France international Paul Pogba is her source of inspiration

 Lady Pogba said she wants to grab the opportunity with both hands and fly the South African flag high. Manchester United star and France international Paul Pogba is her main source of inspiration.

Lady Pogba was raised in Taung in North West. She is now based in Cosmo City’s extension 8. She currently plays her football in the North West Sasol League for Royal Queens.

“I am very thankful to everyone who is supporting me,” she said. “I really appreciate the support I have been getting from Ward 100 Youth Forum and Make Your Move Youth Foundation.”

For any donations people can contact this number: 0785199317

Netball youngsters considered for development

KHULA Lets Grow Together (LGT) visited Fandis informal settlement in Lion Park and donated training shoes to Lioness Netball Club on 26 June 2021.

The aim is to give back to the community and support the youth, said Khula LGT vice person Zandile Moagi.

“Khula cares about welfare and health of the kids and community at large.,” Moagi said. “The condition of the field is not conducive to play any type of sport due to a dumping site next to it. The dumping site put their health at risk and stopped them from pursuing their dreams. We appeal to Sponsors to assist with funding so that we can further assist these kids with essential needs and make their dream a reality.”

Moagi thanked JUST SHOES of Cosmo Mall for sponsoring them with the shoes.

During the day of the visit Sports coach and director of Fundamental Developments Jernade Kok joined Khula LGT to assess the netball field.

The aim of the netball club is to keep the children off the streets and maintain their physical fitness, said Lioness Netball Club founder Samu Sithole. “In our society kids are being used for drugs, “she said.  “Some are being kidnapped and do a lot of other bad things. Seeing that as a parent really affected me and that’s why I gathered them together to help them.”

KHULA LGT is a non-profit Community Youth Development Organization that was founded in July 2020 by Hlengiwe Ntamane. Its mission is to provide welfare and humanitarian assistance to empower teenagers.

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