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Leseding soccer team aims for the stars

12/2/2014

Welcome to Leseding YDC, said the sign at the entrance. Leseding is a BOSASA Youth Development Centre for sentenced young people in the Mogale and Khayalethu 3-Centre complex. It is home to boys whose ages range from 15 to 17 and serve terms of up to 5 years. But something good may come out of their stay at the youth centre. A soccer team has been formed by the 3-Centres’ sports coordinator, Khasu Moloantoa. Khasu is a sports enthusiast of note. The team seems destined for great things if Khasu’s plans are anything to go by. The boys can be seen hard at work, practicing early in the mornings.

The first steps to success

To get the ball rolling, Khasu registered the team with the SAFA affiliated Randfontein Local Football Association. Khasu explained: “Young people get a chance to expose their talent by taking part in the Association’s games. They are also able to get promoted to the SAB, Vodacom and Motsepe leagues.”

The Association has set up clear guidelines as an administrator of the soccer league with a view to facilitate and promote fair play and excellence through competitive participation. 22 boys are in the team. 6 are eagerly awaiting an opportunity to get into the team. Since the beginning of the league, the team has played 8 games. They won 4 games against some of the top local teams in Toekomsrus and Mohlakeng.

They lost two games against Juventus from Mohlakeng and Toekies Football Club, 2 of the toughest and well sponsored teams in Randfontein. The team had 2 draws with Intermillan Football Club from Mohlakeng and Braamvlei All Stars from Braamvlei. Apart from the games that the team has played so far, they have also tested their strength in friendlies. “The team has a fighting spirit. They are always eager to take part in the training sessions and they work hard as a team” Said Khasu.

Reaching for the stars

With the team at No. 7 in the log out of 24 teams, Khasu is aiming for a position in the top 5 within the coming season. But it is his ultimate aim for the team that evokes Nelson Mandela’s words that our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

“I want to see the young players taking part in the National First Division. To expose them to the Premier Soccer League teams. To give them an opportunity to market themselves”, said Khasu in conclusion.

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