MARAPONG — Mpepule Service Centre for the Aged’s men and women took part in the local Golden Games to represent the Waterberg District last week at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane.
The elderly participants say they were very happy to take part in sports activities, though it wasn’t easy for them to get started at their age.
Dressed in blue tracksuits, the four played various positions in football – from defender to winger – and they shared an interesting journey, leading them to Polokwane on Monday 8 October.
Hendrick Lefawane, one of the members of Mpepule Service Centre, said that he was happy to have been part of the sports activities as he found it refreshing.
“We left for Polokwane on Tuesday 2 October to play the following day. I feel very fortunate to have been part of the trip,” Lefawane said.
He played position seven and encouraged other elderly to take part in games as it refreshes the mind, stretches the body and gives you more energy.
The ten elderly that represented Waterberg District consisted of two members from Potso Service Centre in Ga Mocheko, Seleka, four from Kopanang Batlhalerwa Service Centre in Shongoane 1 and another four from Mpepule in Marapong.
In Polokwane, 61 years old Veronica Matjila from Mpepule and 65 years old Johannes Mocheko from Potso have been selected to represent Limpopo in soccer for the national Golden Games to be held in Bloemfontein on a date still to be announced.
“I have been selected to represent the province nationally and this leaves me very happy. I will try my best and need your prayers to help me make this trip.
“Training for soccer wasn’t easy due to my age, but I managed to follow instructions. My family is supportive and I can’t ignore the fact that this will be the first time I will board a plane,” said Matjila.
Mpepule Service Centre Manager Lizzy Moatshe told Mogol Post that working with the elderly is not an easy thing and requires patience.
She says it encourages her that the team she works with dominated the sporting code they participated in.
“We have had problems with soccer kits for our team though they are always willing to follow instructions. I wish we can get assistance with kits as it will strengthen their self-confidence,” she said. The Golden Games activities include crossing ball, soccer, 100, 400 and 800 metres athletics among others.