All set for Youth Elite Games tournament

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.

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Engen Celebrates South Africa’s talented Youth

This Youth Day Engen is celebrating the beautiful game for the many bright futures that football has afforded many of the 30 000-plus players who have participated in the Engen Knockout Challenge, South Africa’s most prestigious youth football initiative, which celebrates its 16th birthday this year.

 

Since 2003 the Engen Knockout Challenge has formed part of Engen’s Youth Development Program. The tournament, which takes place in five provinces across South Africa and culminates in the Engen Champ of Champs, specifically targets players under the age of 18.

 

An incredible 181 Engen Knockout Challenge alumni have gone on to play professional football for top local and overseas teams, including Bafana Bafana captain, Thulani Hlatshwayo who took part in the Engen Knockout Challenge in 2005.

 

Another success story is Phakamani Mahlambi, who was spotted by the CEO of The Players Club, Glyn Binkin in 2015 at the Engen Knockout Challenge. Phakamani is now an international superstar and plays for Egyptian giants, Al Ahly.

 

Phakamani cannot believe that all his dreams have become a reality.  His message for South Africa’s youth is that education comes before anything else.

“Youngsters must understand that you won’t play football for many years. You need to have something to fall back. My message to them is to keep on working hard and never give up. They must stay away from drugs and alcohol, and always stay away from negative people,” says Phakamani.

Phakamani grew up in Johannesburg and started playing football at the age of six. He says his football coach father helped him to stay focused on his game.

On days when he needs a bit of inspiration, Phakamani says it’s his family that keeps him going.  “They inspire me to achieve even more in my career, especially my daughter”.

His dream for the future is to play for one of the big international teams and definitely to be part of the Bafana Bafana team for a longer period.

“What I love most about South Africans is that we have Ubuntu and our country is beautiful.”

Glyn Binkin is a firm supporter of the Engen Knockout Challenge and the petroleum giant’s commitment to youth development. The acclaimed soccer agent believes it gives players like Phakamani and others an opportunity to be scouted by local and international professional teams.

 

“The Engen Knockout Challenge and Engen Champ of Champs have a country-wide approach and ensure that players from all backgrounds are given an equal opportunity to achieve greatness. Engen is not just playing lip service about development, they are actually out there making a difference.”

 

It seems anything is possible if you dream big enough and there is no reason why South Africa’s youth should not strive to achieve the very best that life has to offer them.

 

AshwinWillemse’s actions likely to be felt far beyond the SuperSport studios

South African rugby's own K-word has been thrown around freely, cruelly and arrogantly ever since the advent of political democracy was supposed to have ushered in a dawn of merit selection for all the country's sports teams.

The word is “kwota” (for it is among Afrikaans-speaking white South Africans that it is used most often and most contemptuously). But there are also English-speakers who are happy to use its English version - “quota” - with the same amount of contempt.

Whether said in English or Afrikaans, it has several meanings in rugby, all of which are insulting and racist.

It means an African or coloured player. It means “not good enough”. It means “you're not really wanted here”. It means “you're only in the side because the selectors don't have a choice - they have to select you”. And it means “scapegoat” whenever a team loses.

On Saturday, former Springbok wing and current SuperSport analyst Ashwin Willemse spoke openly about what it means to be seen as a “quota” player - how extra hard he had to work to be recognised as deserving of his place in the national side.

And then, before walking off set, he dropped a bombshell: pointing to fellow analysts Naas Botha and Nick Mallett, he reminded viewers that they had played apartheid rugby, and yet they believed that they had the right to undermine and patronise him.

It is something that has never occurred on a South African TV programme before.

What happened off-screen to make Willemse act the way he did has not yet been divulged by SuperSport. But what happened afterwards was telling.

Black viewers unanimously supported Willemse, saying it was about time Botha and Mallett were put in their place. White viewers, by contrast, were openly antagonistic towards him, describing him as a poor analyst, a troublemaker, a lazy person and “someone who can't take a joke”.

Willemse's actions are likely to be felt far beyond the studios of SuperSport. If not, they should be. What he has done - and the response to his altercation with his fellow analysts - has highlighted how little race relations have changed in South Africa.

White South Africans are as much in charge of sport as they are of the economy. This must change. If it does not, things will only get worse.

The way rugby is administered is beyond abnormal. Somehow or other, the SA Rugby Union has managed to get the country to accept a “qualified” merit system for rugby - very much like the “qualified” franchise for black voters that the old Progressive Party used to punt. And the sad thing is that the ANC government has been complicit in selling this system to the public.

The only way black South Africans will play for the national team is via a narrow pipeline provided by “traditional” (and for this read white) rugby-playing schools. What this means is that talent scouts will handpick future black stars and then organise bursaries for them to attend these schools.

This has turned rugby into an elite sport, and a sport that for the foreseeable future will be run by whites. Unity has severely wounded the game in township schools, and even at senior level. No one can dispute this.

The most unfathomable question is: Why is the Springbok still being retained as the symbol of the national side? It is a racist symbol. www.iol.co.za

Boston’s First Fitness Fusion Event

Johannesburg, Monday, 7th May 2018 –    In classic fitness style, Boston Media House Sandton hosted its very first outdoor fitness event on Thursday, May 3, 2018 from 11:00 – 14:00 on their campus grounds. The day saw enthusiastic Boston students along with outside visitors participating in dynamic bootcamp routines.

Without delay, the fitness fusion experience was kicked off with a warm up session, which then intensified into a full body workout and finished off calmly with a cool down yoga session. The event was sponsored by Go health gym and partnered with Fit Fanatic Activewear, as well as digital marketing company Ndamee Agency.

The event’s special guest instructors included fitness influencer Shantal Dietrich, personal trainer Colin Shika, wellness coaches Grace Motswana and Cindy Mahlangu, as well as Go health’s Product Manager Potso Mpandawana and yoga instructor Geraldine Anderson.

Boston’s Fitness Fusion event aimed to motivate and inspire young adults into their own fitness and health journeys. After spending  3 hours of heart pumping and muscle burning, all that energy was shaped at allowing students to see exercising in a different light. With this not being Boston’s last outdoor fitness event, they certainly hope to fill up a hall one day soon!

Official Sponsors and Partners: Go health, Fit Fanatic Active, Boston Media House, and Ndamee Agency

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