KasiFootball : 52 TEAMS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STIX MOREWA CHALLENGE IN SOWETO
Soweto will be the residence to be for the sweethearts of football following a Clinix Stix Morewa challenge which was launched on Wednesday at Nike Centre, in Klipspruit.
This 13th anniversary will see 52 teams of young stars all around Soweto wrestling for number one sport.
The tournament was termed after the late Solomon “Stix” Morewa who was once the South African Football Association president. In a statement released by Clinix Health group it said that, Morewa’s belief was that grass roots football would get children out of the streets and encourage them to achieve their dreams.
Phil Mogodu chairperson of the Soweto football association said children need to be cultivated in order to become better footballers both boys and girls through such initiatives. He further said grass roots football is the main foundation which can produce great footballers. “People are now talking about Foxta (Orlando Pirates young striker Lyle Foxta), He played for Wits pool, and he played here! People are talking about (Neo) Makua he played here before going to Ajax” highlighted the passionate Mogodi.
He also revealed that Orlando Pirates will soon be unveiling Kopano Thuntshang who is a goalkeeper.
The association has also approached churches so that it allows their boys and girls to be involved in sport after church. Clarifying this, Mogodi said it is not enough to feed the youth with sermons and after those sessions they go back to pubs. However they need to be doing something after church.
Roy Paterson from the SAFA development structures added his word on the podium that there is a necessity for all the stakeholders involved to ensure that they invest in the grass roots football. “Events like this are such a good symbol that really development is happening. It’s not just about Bafana or the multichoice diski challenge. It’s about all these thousands of teams which exist here in Soweto that playing from under nine all the way to the senior teams”
Peterson said SAFA has also invested in developing coaches and referees with the hope that in few years to come, the fruits will come through including the improvement of Bafana Bafana which has been performing poorly in these recent years.
The tournament have eight groups with teams all over Soweto. It is expected to start on Sunday the 01st October all the way to the 26th November where champions will be crowned. Wimpy from Maponya mall will be sponsoring the initiative with lunch for the kids.