KaziFootball : KBF LAUNCHES AN EXHILARATING STREET SOCCER
Street soccer known as tim-ftim in the township, was the theme of the day on Saturday afternoon when 8 teams participated in a mini tournament organized by Klipfontein developing forum Midrand.
These teams were playing in a newly built netball court. The tournament consisted of teams which include the youth leagues of both the Àfrican National Congress and the Democratic Alliance. Gideon stars consisted of players who are neighbours. Other teams such as Habashwe consisted of siblings. Commentators and Dj’s added some flavour as team battled for the final.
A game which raised eye browse was between Amabhurundi against Gideon Stars. It ended by 2-2 and went to the penalties. The first four players who kicked the penalties on both teams couldn’t direct the ball to the small desks which served as the polls. The crowd couldn’t stop giggling as the penalties were being missed, extending to sudden death. Amaburundi won by 5-4. Speaking after this game Vuyo said it was exciting to play with friends from church though they would be nervous at times playing before the magnitudes.
“Ïts amazing to be applauded by so many people, it felt so good. As for the penalties. The game was too competitive” conclude Amabhurundi captain.
Once four teams were abolished, a netball game between Mighty girls and klipfontein Young Stars took place. Mighty girls won 10-5. Speaking after this match Ofentse Moloi who plays for the winning side, said it’s exciting for a developing township like Klipfontein View to host such mini tournaments.
However not having enough of such events is disappointing. “Involvement of proper people can ensure sustainability” said Ofentse. Asked about commitment on the girl’s side in sport, she said females are less committed to netball while the boys go all out in their sport.
“I think soccer is not dominant over netball, it’s all about the ratio. The number of boys compared to the girls” She concluded by saying, she would love to be part of a community team which compete with other Athini Nxiwa commended this event saying, so many girls are getting influenced by erroneous things such as smoking, getting pregnant and substance abuse.
“This event was a success, perhaps with time, more and more people will come and be part of this initiative. The game between Barcelona and Habashwe brought goals beyond expectations. Barcelona boys were scoring magnificent goals from the centre line. The match had to be stopped before the full time due to a heavy rain which forced everyone to go home with pace. Barca boys were leading by 3-1.
This game is expected to resume tomorrow in the afternoon. The chairperson of KBF who also plays for Gideon stars, Oscar Öskido” said this is the first tournament they organized and it’s not the last one. On the 5th of March they will host another tournament.
Nkgoeng said, such events were delayed by the lack of proper facilities for such competition. He went on to say all eight players per team were contributing R20 and each team contributed R160. Therefore the winner will take home R500 while the runner ups will go home with R250. “There is still a lot at stake, next month we will invite 16 teams. It’s happening” concluded