LEPHALALE – On Saturday 9 June Limpopo based Premier Soccer League (PSL) players visited Lephalale to unite the people in the area by playing soccer.
The self-titled Lions of Limpopo (Polokwane based) went to the SAVF Drop-in Centre in Marapong where they were welcomed by a jubilant crowd of young and old at the centre.
SAVF is home to orphaned kids and also accommodates the elderly during weekdays.
Introduction was made with the shared message of the importance of respecting the elderly. The club members say they use football to help the needy which includes visiting schools and giving to the needy.
The Lions of Limpopo went from the SAVF to the sportsgrounds in Marapong where they played with local children.
“We prioritised spending time with them as our main focus wasn’t soccer but to pass the message of wellness. Communities are losing people every week to car accidents and there is a strong need to address the matter as it is mostly due to alcohol consumption,” says Seimela, one of the organisers.
The PSL stars touring Lephalale started in 2016 however it did not run last year due to other commitments by Polokwane based players.
The organisers want to run the tour annually and to continue with soccer clinics where young players are nurtured.
Seimela thanked all stakeholders for helping them arrange the visit and ensuring a successful event.
SAVF Senior Social Worker, Mrs J Makhuthudisa, says the visit of the soccer stars was motivational for the children and encouraged them to chase their dreams. She says the visit was a breath of fresh air that brought hope for a better future.
Later in the evening, football was played at Mogol Club with a great turnout.
At Mogol Club the first match was between the Lions of Limpopo and the Lephalale local team, which ended in a 2-2 draw before the Lions of Limpopo won 5-4 on penalties. The second match was between MPS-JV and the Limpopo PSL stars and the Limpopo PSL team won by 3-2. In the final match, the Limpopo PSL team trumped the Lions of Limpopo 7-2.