Sport a great tool to keep children out of temptation

Lungi Kliabi kicks the ball to Sizwe Zwane.

Ward councillors and coaches hosted a soccer and netball day at Kid Maponya Primary School in Kagiso on Saturday, 12 August in a bid to keep children off the streets.
They were greeted by a lovely warm winter’s day, with no wind and the sun happily shining on the field and circuit.

They were greeted by a lovely warm winter’s day, with no wind and the sun happily shining on the field and circuit.
The Chief Mogale soccer team was the first to play against Kid Maponya’s team. In both halves, the Kid Maponya players were on the attack and in the end they won by five goals with an ultimate score of 6–1.
Karabo Madonsela, the winning team’s coach, said he was pleased to see his boys developing so well.

Tumigang Modise kicks the ball as hard as he can.

“They showed the ability to push their performance to change the game,” said Karabo. “I’m speechless because this is the team’s 27th win since the start of this year.”

The team is part of the Real Talent Sport Agency and Academy, a sport agency dedicated to helping children in the township and giving them opportunities to develop their sporting abilities. They also focus on balancing sport and studies as most of the players are still at Kid Maponya Primary school.

Sizwe Swane kicking the ball with Tebogo Plappie chasing him.

The Sports Forum of Kagiso, in Extensions 12 to 14, invited the agency to a sports day and the team was looking forward to working hand-in-hand with them to develop their sporting abilities as a whole.

Not only does the agency ensure that the boys are kept off the streets with soccer, they also ensure that the township’s girls have the same opportunities.

Lungi Kliabi running with the ball.

The netball team played against Chief Mogale’s team and also walked away with first prize, beating them with a score of 46–8.

Kagiso Lekagane, Democratic Alliance PR councillor for Ward 11, attended the event and said that the community was both entertained by the sport and by the Tswana Traditional Dancers from Moroka Street, led by Miss Lulu Thulo. This group’s purpose is the same as that of the sports academy, with its sole purpose being to keep children off the streets and away from substance abuse.

“As a councillor, sport is very close to my heart,” said Kagiso. “This is just another way of giving back to the community.”

The soccer teams that participated in the event received soccer balls and shin guards.

Sizwe Swane and Tebogo Plappie chasing the ball.

“I have committed to donating soccer kits as soon as they become available and will ensure that the local soccer players get the necessary recognition.”

Alan Fuchs, constituency head of the DA in Mogale City, also attended the event. He said the DA is a party of values and anyone who supports these values, irrespective of race, origin, gender and sexual orientation, belongs in the DA.

“We believe in redress for the wrongs of the past and we believe in social cohesion. The kids of Kagiso have as much right to opportunities as anyone else and we in the DA will provide these opportunities,” said Alan.

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