Soweto amateurs making giant strides

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

The standard of amateur football in Soweto has improved tremendously since they got the financial backing from Philips South Africa three years ago.

This was said by Phil Mogodi, Safa Soweto president, after a successful tournament at the Safa Development Centre in Pimville at the weekend.

Said an excited Mogodi: "Today we have proper development leagues running since the electronics company came on board.

"We would like to extend our gratitude to South African Football Association president Dr Molefi Oliphant and his entire executive committee for their support in terms of football development.''

Philips has spent R1 million to date towards the improvement of football in Soweto.

Lucien Vallun, Philips' marketing manager, said he was impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment displayed by participating teams.

Acclaimed musicians and married couple Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbuli were among the 3 000 spectators at the tournament.

Zola Real Glasgow notched up a double when they thrashed Mapetla Barcelona 3-0 on penalties in the under-9 category.

Their seniors collected a cheque of R12 500 after beating Super Spurs 3-1 in a pulsating final and the losers got R5 000.

Other results: Under-11: PCO Young Ones 3, Zahpios Champions 1; Under-13: Pimville All Blacks 3, Mapetla Youth 1; Under-15: All Nation 3, Super Spurs 1; Under-17: Black Poison 5, Tigers 4 (penalties); Under-19: Dlamini X1 Experience 3, Orlando West United 2 (penalties).