A Star Studded Cosmo Team Reigning To Go

Malose Wa Ga Lamola

Spanish Football Academy will make their first appearance at the annual Discorvery tournament set to take place at Nike Centre, Pimville, in Soweto on 1 December.

More than 50 teams from Under 11 to Under 21 are expected to battle it out in a knock out tournament, which will end on 31 December.

The Cosmo City based team under the tutorials of coach, Bongani Nyirenda, is ready to battle against the well-established football academies in the country.

 “We can pull a surprise and put in a good fight against the best in the country,” said the club captain Malven Makura in an interview with the Chronicle.

Makura said "Preparations are going well and the moral is high among the players.

“We are working very hard as a team,” he added. “There will be scouts at the tournament and I'll be more than happy to see one or two of my teammates getting a breakthrough to pursue their football careers. Even if it is not me but at least one must go to professional level. That is my main wish."

The team will be pitching for the first time at the tournament, but it is not the first for everyone as Makura has been there before.

Makura "I know the teams there are well run. They are very professional in how they go about their business. But I have told my teammates that we are also equally good and we can match them. Cosmo City is blessed with talented footballers. What we have to do is to focus on ourselves and take it one game at a time."

The coach is playing a father figure role to us and he is very understanding, Makura said.

Despite the captain praising his work rate, coach Nyirenda knows there is a huge task to accomplish with his team. "I think my boys are ready,” he said. “Everyone is showing courage and determination. They are pulling in the same direction. If we can go to the tournament with the same mentality that we have here at our training sessions not too many teams will give us problems.”

The tournament is composed of teams from Glad Africa Championship, Multi Choice Diski Challenge and some from the Premier Soccer League.

Nyirenda added that he chose Cosmo City because of the abundance of talent in the North of Johannesburg. "I chose Cosmo City because I figured out that there is plenty of talent in the community,” Nyirenda concluded.

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