‘Mamelodi Sundowns – Best Team In Our Land’

‘Sundowns Are The Best Team In Our Land’


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Cape Town City head coach Benni McCarthy was full of praise for his charges after they saw off Mamelodi Sundowns, who he feels is the best team in the land. Soccer Laduma shared this article online.

This happens after Cape Town city head coach told Supersport that Sundowns is the best team in our land. He added that the team has got best players and can make it difficult for you as a player.

“When you have a game of this magnitude and you keep clean-sheet you have to praise your players. The effort the players gave, they gave everything. It was only a matter of time until that goal was going to come because we piled on the pressure,” insisted the former Bafana Bafana marksman.

He concluded that the set-piece is what they are good at. He mentioned that they practiced it so it’s good to see that one of them came off. He was happy for the boys although it was only 45 minutes. The team is hoping to make it to the finals.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Evah Mokwape’so Foundation-Women’so Day Celebration Supported By Thomas Kwenaite & Eddie Motale

IMG-20180815-WA0003Evah Mokwape’a Foundation hosted ladies soccers, netball games and aerobics on the 9th of August 2018 at University of Pretoria. The teams were under 13 Mpendulo, three from Meetse a bophelo, one Senior Happy Hearts, one Mams ladies and four under 17 Tuks. Mams ladies won on pernalty 4.2. IMG-20180813-WA0020 Sponsors of the event were Park Shop from Mamelodi, Tbo café, Mamelodi Cintinental, Jab Jabu, Aquelle, Thabang Malaza, Leonard Malapane, Life Avenue, City of Tshwane, Buti Lefyane, Fran Hilton Smith, Esphazasam, Big Save and University of Pretoria.  Speakers were invited to motivate and inspire kids on regarding sports.  IMG-20180813-WA0035.jpgSpeakers including Gloria Hlalele, Sibongile Khumalo, Fikile Sithole, Natalie Matlou and Gae Lepalo who’s also heading women football for Gauteng Province played a role in motivating the kids. “I want to make sure that women engage themselves into sports, stay healthy and away from trouble”, said former captain of Mamelodi Sundowns, ladies vice captain of Banyana, Evah Mokwape. According to her, women must stand up and do things for themselves, she believes that good things won’t always come to you but you have to go out there and get them. IMG-20180813-WA0025“The event was astonishing, I feel so good and important for the fact that it was cold however, my girls came in numbers to participate and celebrate with me. I want this to grow to more than six teams, I started with two teams and they participate in last year’s game. My goal is to see these ladies representing South Africa by playing or administrating”, said Evah Mokwape. Sports legends and supporters including Thomas Kwenaite, Super Sports presenter and Eddie Motale were there to support the event.                                                                                                          By: Fortunate Machaba

Up To 500 Kids Attended FICP Sport Event

IMG_0123Foundation for Integrated Community projects (FICP) hosted an event on Saturday in Nelmapius. The event was involving sports  including soccer and netball.

“We invited eight schools both in Mamelodi East and Mamelodi West and we had only four schools that have attended. Boys under 13 and 19 participated in soccer and also girls under 13 and 19 participated in netball”, said one of the organisers, Mr Mphaki Sam Mashifane.

IMG_0121He added that they chose school teams according to their academic performance.

According to them, they preferred top eight schools in Mamelodi including Ribane-Laka, Prosperitus, Stanza Bopape and Flakfontein secondary schools and with Primary Schools they chose Tshimollo, Refentse and Shirinda Primary School.

“The event was well planned, exciting, vibrant and successful, even although not all schools participated but those who came through took an effort and played to the best of their abilities”, said Mr Mashifane. IMG_0122

The event was highly appreciated by school children, teachers and sports coordinators and they said that it should be a continuous event to ensure sports participation in schools.

FICP is  an NGO dealing with sports development in communities. After the Easter, the organisation is planning to host another event of the same nature for the kids in the community.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Interview With Tshepo Mashela

Interview with Tshepo Mamashela.

He’s one of the organisers of Acedsports Fun Run that took place in Mamelodi West, Central on Saturday. 



What was the purpose of the Fun Run

AcedSports together with Ditlogolo Tsa Methi wanted to fill the gap, the gap that unprivileged communities are faced with, and the gap of seeing such events take place outside their vicinity. The Hood hardly gets the opportunities like these, as they are always faced with events to promote drugs and alcohol, therefore this was our opportunity to bring change to the hood and make an event that accommodates everyone from young to old.

What were you expecting before and after the event?

We did our market research and the results gave us direction as to whether we are going forward with the initiative or are we going back to the drawing board. The need for this fresh idea was there and we were not expecting to see the turnout we saw on the day, the turnout was amazing. IMG_1203

When the next event and what is it about?

The next Colour My Mamelodi will happen next year around the same time. We are planning to make it an annual event. Otherwise, AcedSports hosts Boot Camp Saturdays, this happens every Saturday at Rethabile Sports Grounds at 07:00 – 09:30 for only R10.00 per session.

How do you feel about the fun run?

Colour My Mamelodi was a success and the turnout was amazing as I have said, but this was our first event and I believe that there be more participants with the coming event.

How many people participated?


Approximately 500- 600 people participated

What would you like to say about the number

The turnout was great, we were not expecting such a great number.

Who Sponsored the Event

DTM ran and planned the event and along the way, we got a few sponsors

  • Vodacom
  • DataOpt
  • Nkhukhu Box
  • Curro
  • City of Tshwane
  • Sanlam

Why did you choose Central as the Venue for your event?

It is in the name itself, “Central” it is the central place for Mamelodi and transport is accessible as well. This is one of the facilities that is not utilized, so we also tried to bring life to this historic venue.

By: Fortunate Machaba

Samba Futebol Club’s Team Triumph Again


The competition took place on Saturday at Denel Dynamics in Centurion. The kids were from 8 years of age to 15. They took part in the tournament, playing in unimage-10der 9, 11, 13 and 15 teams. Samba Futebol Club chairman Thabo Kgotsa said, the coaches have been getting the teams ready for the league. “We attended the event because we needed to test the readiness of the teams for the league, said Thabo”. He added that the event was well supported for all age groups, the kids played and coaches got what they were looking for.

Kwemo Football Development hosted the tournament for the day.   image-3

The kid’s parents were there to support them and hope that their children will succeed in their passion for sports. “The event was well organised, I was happy with the level of the boys, they like what they’re doing and there is no doubt they will certainly contribute to South African soccer”, said one of the parents, Emanuel Edoun.

Under 15 Samba Soccer took the


competition beating Kwemo 3-0 on their final game. The team was regarded as one of the best teams of the day. The under 15’s have performed well in their last two tournaments. Samba Soccer will look to host a junior tournament around September 2017 for kids in grades R to grade 3.


By: Fortunate Machaba



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.

photo-4The 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.photo-3

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.

photo-12Parents 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: info@sambasport.co.za/ 061893057


By: Fortunate Machaba



Mamelodi Rugby Player Living His Dream


Mpho Billy Makata, a rugby player who lives in Mamelodi and very passionate about his dream. He started playing Rugby in 2008 when he was 15 years old, at the time he was in high school. He was playing soccer at the age of 7  before he started playing rugby. “I started playing soccer when I was 7, 2 years later I joined rugby because it was my dream and I followed my brother, he’s a rugby player too,” said Mpho. Mpho’s brother, Leon Billy is currently playing for Bulls under 23 . “When I was 18 years old I got selected for TUT under 19,”said Mpho. Before then Mpho was encouraged and inspired by Willem Verhof, he offered to sponsor him throughout his activities, including financial, gym and equipment. He trains at least 3 times a week. “I would like to tell other kids to stay away from the streets and join rugby, focus on their dreams and study hard,” said Mpho.

By: Fortunate Machaba