Mamelodi born, founder and a director of Samba Sport ZA (PTY) LTD, Thabo Kgotsa, finally won a gold medal with his Samba football club. The under 13’s coached by young Menzi Phiwe Mabena won 4-3 against Sporting Academy in the final of the tournament at Rietondal Primary School on Saturday. Coach Phiwe’s team, was in a round robin group with the other Samba team, Riotendale’s own team, Sporting A and B site from Johannesburg. The tournament was organized by Sporting South Africa and took place in Pretoria.
The Samba team won all their four games and were qualified for the finals as leaders in the league. “I’m happy with the organization that we started on time and I had to coach on the day since we took more teams than we intended. We gave some of the new boys who have been trained for a week an opportunity to come and experience the tournament scenario. I took it as a great day for the kids, especially considering our recent participation in tournaments, one of our teams made it to the finals and I’m actually happy about it”, said Thabo.
“The tournament was great initiative, we prepared the boys very well, we had 4 days of training before the tournaments. The past 3 games we did very well and I’m happy with the character of the boys they showed their great team spirit and I’m proud of the boys and this is just a picture of what we going to do next year, I very happy as a coach and would like to thank everyone who gave their support” said the coach Phiwe Mabena.
Samba football Club entered teams in the tournament’s under 9’s and under 13’s. Samba football club will represent the Samba Soccer Academy in the football Association in Pretoria from 2017. The club will be affiliated for the under 9’s, 11’s, 13’s and 15’s age groups to provide consistent opportunities for players to play in competition.
The centurion academy was launched this year in March with less than 5 players for their first training session coached by Boitumelo Mokgotle. The team has grown to over 60 kids across the age group from under 7’s to under 15’s. The academy has received silver medals before, for two age groups at the Nashua tournaments which was held in Rustenburg on the 27th of August.
Parents were there to support their children during the tournament. “The team deserves to win this because I’ve seen them from day one when they started with only 5 players and they have developed well. I hope that in future they become the best, I’m very happy, it is the first gold for the team, we want to see Samba expanding to contribute nationally with the other sectors of football teams, we want to see our boys there to show good contribution” said Phazha Jimmy Ngandwe, a parent of one of the academy players.
Samba Sport ZA (PTY) Ltd, is a youth development company for children between the ages of 5 and 15. The organization is focusing on sports such as soccer, netball, futsal, basketball and volleyball to encourage a large participation in sports. They are also involved with schools around Centurion, sending coaches to different schools as part of their outreach program at no cost to both schools and pupils. The program has shown an increase in the number of participants in sports and it also gives an opportunity to student coaches to learn the practical skills that are required for them to complete their studies.
The intention is to increase the program in 2017 from Tshwane South to schools in the East and North of the Capital City.
For more information about the program contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ 061893057
By: Fortunate Machaba