Makana stars shine at soccer awards

Malibongwe Maxhawulana

It was glitz and glamour when young local soccer stars walked away with some silverware during the Makana Football Awards which were held at the Kutliso Sports Grounds early this month.

The under-13 and under-15 awards were a culmination of a one-day soccer tornament which was sponsored by Lewis and Town Talk furniture shops. Twleve teams took part in the tournament, which was won by the City Pirates lads. The lads walked away with school bags,squeeze bottles and a T-shirt for each player.

Anga Ncebetsha, the tournament's organiser, said: “It was good to see young players taking each other on, so that even those who are not involed in sports can develop a desire to take part in it.” Olwethu Fleck was awarded the Best Striker and Footballer of the year. “I was motivated by my coach to work hard during training, and I also thank my opponents because had I not played against them I would not have come this far,” said Fleck.

Mxolisi Dlengezele, who coaches the lads of Mwasa FC, scooped the coach of the year award. Dlengezele said he had never thought that he would be awarded for his hard work when he started coaching. Mwasa FC's Ayanda Ncushe was awarded Best Midfielder of the Year. “Even my parents will take my football serious when they see me coming home with an award,” said Ncushe.

Makana Local Football Asociation president Ayanda Kota said: “Let's support these young stars by all means possible, because one day they will become professional footballers.” Other categories included; Best clubs of the year went to Mighty Chiefs FC, Lingelihle FC and City Pirates. Zamuxolo Nesi was awarded the Most Improved Coach, while Dumisani Sole was awarded the Best Administrator.

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