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

Mamelodi Sundowns Goalkeeper To Support Young Starts


Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene visited Laerskool Morester this morning in Springs to support young soccer players.

Young stars under the age of 15 were first to hit the grounds followed by young lads under the age of 17 up to adult group. In2food Spring Valley  was there to support the event, they provided food, drinks and gifts to the Eagle Marshall players as part of Mandela Day activity.

“We would like to thank you guys for the opportunity to let us come here and share your day, when Donald Sekgobela approached In2food for help, we quickly agreed asking if we could make the day our contribution to Mandela Day”, said Andrea Pickles, Site Manager of In2food Spring Valley.


The event started this morning at 10 and many people were invited to join as part of the event. Mweene showed up as the teams were competing against each other just before adults started to play. Player’s parents and friends were also there to support the teams.

“It was a great event for the players and spectators, with some really good football being played.  The youngsters were really pushing to win despite it being a friendly “, said the supporter.

by Fortunate Machaba