Keep at it, star tells youngsters

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

Perseverance is the mother of success, so the old adage goes.

This was the strong message from Orlando Pirates striker Tshepo "Figo'' Mokone to youngsters at the Coca-Cola Dona's Mates Soccer Development finals in Orange Farm at the weekend.

"If you want to build a soccer career in future, you must start showing your talent at such development tournaments," Mokone said during his motivational speech

The 32-year-old Mokone, who lives in Orange Farm, was spotted at the same tournament before he was recruited by Pirates' development team, Yebo Yes.

More than 3 000 enthusiastic spectators, mostly youngsters, were entertained to a five-star soccer display by the participants.

Soweto Villa Marseille were R12000 richer after beating Mareizer United 2-1 in the exciting seniors' final. The runners-up received R6000.

In the under-17 section, Dona's Mates beat Vaal Professionals 5-4 on penalties.

A-Z Academy were crowned the under-14 champions and Vaal Milano walked away with the under-12 title.

Tournament coordinator James "Maradona'' Shabangu thanked the community and sponsors for their support. Sowetan, once again, received a citation in appreciation for its coverage of amateur soccer.