LEPHALALE — Premier Soccer League (PSL) Limpopo based team Baroka Football Club (FC) visited Lephalale last week to motivate and play against local players.
On arrival, Baroka FC found jubilant local supporters as well as players that were selected the previous week from different teams and areas within Lephalale.
They went to the council chamber at Lephalale Municipality before visiting Ellisras Hospital to visit newborn babies and other patients.
Speaking at the council, Baroka FC brought in a signed T-shirt from Chairperson Khurishi Mphahlele and thanked the Mpokanele Community Development for bringing them to Lephalale. “You are the first and the only municipality to invite us for an activity like this. Baroka FC feels honoured to be invited. It will encourage young upcoming players to strive to play professional football,” said Mphahlele. Locally selected young players and Baroka FC played at Moses Monanyane Stadium in Shongoane 3 on Saturday 24 March and the game ended in Baroka FC convincingly beating the local boys with a score of 11-1.
Baroka FC player Richard Matloga said their opponents needed to improve their composure, position and communication.
“Communication is very important for players because in order to beat the opponent you need the ball to score”.
Matloga said it is normal for players to feel nervous when playing against players they have seen on TV, however this shouldn’t weaken their determination to win the game.
He said players need to work hard and be disciplined to make it to professional football.
Abby Phadi, who coached the local team, said his boys played well in the first few minutes before losing discipline and communication which made them fail. He said the urge to impress pushed some players and tested their teamwork.
Mpokanele Community Development Project Coordinator Lesego Magwai said their aim is to unearth talent and develop sports activities within Lephalale. “This was the first project that went well and if our municipality gets involved we could do better. With people like “Partner” who ensured our visitors are treated well, we have a potentially great future for many upcoming projects,” he said.
The idea behind bringing Baroka FC to Lephalale arose after organisers looked at Limpopo based teams with the intention to create partnerships that could result in talent scouts around Lephalale.
Magwai says they are happy that Baroka FC played with local players in a preparation game before they face Kaizer Chiefs in the quarter-final of Nedbank Cup on Saturday 31 March.