Manthatisi tourney set to start

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Free State Stars' striker Motebang Mofokeng has encouraged players from amateur teams in Fouriesburg in the Free State to take the Manthatisi Football Tournament seriously because it offers them a big stage to expose their talent.

The Ea lla Koto striker was spotted at the tournament by former National First Division (NFD) campaigners Bloemfontein Young Tigers at the inception of the event three years ago.

The tournament, which features four top teams campaigning in the local promotional league, is staged every December by event and management organiser, Felicia Ntisa.

Mofokeng was snatched by Stars after Bloemfontein Tigers were relegated from the NFD and he is now looking forward to helping Ea lla Koto to do well in the top flight next season.

"It is a great feeling that I was part of the Stars' team that earned outright promotion to the Premiership and I want to ensure that the team stays in the elite league," he said.

"Manthatisi Football Tournament gave me a platform and I know it will help others as well. It was a noble idea to stage such a tournament," said Mofokeng, who was spotted while playing for Juventus.

Another player who also got exposure from the tournament is Jonas Mokoena who will feature in the NFD for newly-promoted African Warriors of Free State.

"Jonas was also spotted by then Tigers' coach David Vilakazi in this tournament," said Ntisa.

The knockout stages of the tournament start this weekend with 14 clubs and they are expected to be completed before the end of the month.