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Sport in Madibeng

Brits soccer academy boys got the recipe for winning matches

Last month on Saturday 19th/08/2017 the Under17 boys from Brits soccer academy, Brits united FC from Oukasie and Milan FC from Bapong played in a top 3
game at Brits sports ground, it was a very good display of soccer talent that Madibeng
has got in abundance. The first game was between Brits soccer academy and Brits
United FC which was a derby, this two teams are the best teams around Brits and when
they meet its like Kaizer chiefs vs Orlando pirates and the young lads from both teams
did not disappoint the crowd. The game was very tactical for players on both teams. The
game ended with Brits soccer academy 2-0 Brits United FC. The second game was between Brits
United FC and Milan FC again we saw a beautiful performance from both teams, the game ended with draw of 1-1. The third game was between Milan FC against Brits Soccer Academy and it was even more exciting as players from both teams went to same schools and wanted to have bragging rights over others and it ended with a draw of 4-4. Brits Soccer Academy played these games wanting to win them first, to honor the memory of Mr Molokoane the father
of their team’s manager Thabo Molokoane who passed away last week Friday and also
to thank one of the player’s parent miss Gadifela Pheto who donated a new soccer jersey to the team. We call upon the leaders to take initiative in supporting youth in sports
so that we could see youth staying away from social ills, drugs and alcohol.

Brits soccer academy going against the tights

The so called soccer A team of Madibeng visited the legendary Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy at Mpumalanga Witbank on Sunday the 3rd of September 2017. The
boys from Brits Soccer Academy lost 2-1 against Augusto Palacios Apprentice Academy, although they lost the match the boys came filling like winners, after the game Augusto Palacios
decided to sit down with them and gave them a recipe for successful soccer careers. The boys
are now welcomed for trials at the Apprentice Academy and they will be playing against Orlando Pirates under 19 in the next coming months. Augusto Palacios is a Peruvian football
coach and a former football player. He’s been recently coaching South African club Orlando
Pirates in the Premier Soccer League. He was Born December 23, 1951 (age 65).
He was more humbled to be interviewed by one of Madibeng Times reporters and he said
“with great pleasure I present, ′my experiences in football′ with satisfaction of 58 years.
“I was trained as an athlete and especially as a person. My experiences in soccer have gone
through five stages” “I. As student II. Aalis junior and amateur player II. As Professional soccer player in Peru IV.As a professional footballer abroad V. As a coach, professional. In my country and abroad”. “I lived in different cultures, what made me more analytical, more cautious on and off the field, though it never was easy, it allowed me greater sensitivity, patience and humility in my putter sports”.

Dr Tumi scales new heights

Gospel genius Dr Tumi delivered on his promise to fill up Ticketpro Dome with the sold out The Gathering of Worshippers DVD recording last night. The glittering night of music held in
Northgate, northern Johannesburg attracted the who’s who of gospel, media and government as well as supporters throughout South Africa and neighbouring countries. Dr Tumi effortlessly delivered his energetic, sincere and uplifting two and a half hours set from a hi-tech stage with a full live band. He kept the capacity crowd on their feet with the hit parade of singalong songs that made him a household name in contemporary gospel. Reflecting on the magical night an
appreciative Dr Tumi commented: “Last night has been a manifestation of God’s grace. All praise and honour to Him. This show stood on the shoulders of my supporters who have generously backed my career. Thank you, family, I can never thank you more than enough for all that you’ve done for me. “I’m also indebted to the sponsors who threw their weight
behind this initiative. Let this be further proof that ‘black child it’s possible’, all you have to do is dream.” The Gathering of Worshippers was proudly brought to you by: Ulive Africa, Universal Music, SABC2, Metro FM, Daily Sun, Sunday Sun, BET Africa, New Age, 1 Gospel, TBN, Rainbow FM, Radio Pulpit, Impact Radio and Radio Veritas.

Free State Stars coach Serame Letsoaka want to lift the Nedbank Cup

Stars came out 2-0 victors over the Lions of the North last Saturday on the 11th of March 2017, to advance to the Last 16 of the competition.  Letsoaka was admittedly pleased with his side’s response to their 1-0 Absa Premiership defeat a week earlier, and praised their change in attitude. “We saw a different attitude from last week’s defeat against Highlands Park, my players played very well and responded very well tactically,” Letsoaka told his club’s website.  “The players came with a good, winning attitude and they knew we had to win this one.”

Having last lifted silverware when he was still serving as Ea Lla Koto skipper, Letsoaka is adamant he can lead the club to their first trophy in 23 years.  “We want to go all the way as far as the Nedbank cup is concerned. I mean the last time we won a cup [Coca-Cola Cup] was back in 1994,” he added. “We are not going to undermine any opposition given to us in the next stage, we will be going all out in every match we play whether it’s cup or league fixtures.  Winning matches will help to build to the next game so it is important that we continue to play well and win matches.”

Stars next face Ajax Cape Town in a league encounter at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday, with two clubs meanwhile exchanging banter in the build-up to the match.

Meanwhile, Ajax Cape Town coach Stanley Menzo has revealed injury kept Rivaldo Coetzee out of the Nedbank Cup but insists his absence is not the reason behind the club’s shock exit. The Urban Warriors were unceremoniously dumped out at the last-32 by ABC Motsepe League side KwaDukuza United, losing 4-3 on penalties after 120 minutes of action at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium had finished 2-2. The Ajax centre-back pairing of Lawrence Lartey and Erick Chipeta failed to properly deal with the minnows’ attack, making Rivaldo’s absence that much more noticeable.

Menzo, though, refused to accept claims that one man could have altered the entire course of the game, saying: “I don’t think it is only one player [who makes a team] and if it’s only one player than we have a problem. “I trained every day with him so I know what is happening with this team and you can’t say it’s only one player we miss and we lose the game.

“He played the last game [against Supersport United] but he was injured on Thursday, suddenly.” And the former Dutch international goalkeeper also defended his decision to leave Mark Mayambela and Thabo Mosadi out of the squad as he needs to blood in new wingers and saw this weekend’s match as the ideal chance. Menzo also left seasoned campaigners like Nathan Paulse, Abel and Bantu Mzwakali on the bench but, when they entered the fray, they were unable to impose themselves on United and ultimately failed to influence the game.

“I had to make choices because those [Mayambela and Mosadi] are my only two wingers I have at the highest level,” he added.

“So I wanted new wingers and I saw it [against KwaDukuza]. And again as the coach we make choices and football, in life, you make choices and maybe the wrong choices and no problem.” Menzo will be hoping for an instant response from his side when they face Bloemfontein Celtic away on 18 March at Dr. Petrus Molemela Stadium.

‘’Street soccer’’ for the youths

The youth of Maboloka came out to participate and support the young men playing soccer. Teams fully kitted up and went out on the field namely, Amigo Fc, Super Strikers, Sonop united, Milan Fc and many more. This was no ordinary soccer event. An event the community like to call ‘’Street soccer’’ made headlines as well.

This is also a form of soccer but on the streets not on a playing field. Sports again has proven to be an effective method for the youth to get off the streets and do something productive. Boys from the ages of 13 were allowed to participate. Members of the soccer team approached the Madibeng with one thing in heart to give thanks to the community for the support they received, here is what they had to say:  “The event was a success considering it being the 1st of  its kind in our community. We had a total of 11 teams with 11 aside. Members of the community came out in full force to support this event especially with the street soccer tournament, it attracted alot of attention. We would like to give special thanks to Deezo pub (Sonop) for sponsoring us with the sound system.

Our major sponsor Standard Bank Investment & Corporate Banking for supplying branding and patio umbrella’s. Tiesto Weer for donating food and refreshments for the players.  We would also like to send a huge thanks to the facilitators of this event Mr. Tebogo and Mr. Monde Mafunda.”

Madibeng win trophies at the District Games

Madibeng Municipal Recreation Club hosted the South African Municipal Sport and Recreation Association (SAMSRA) Games at the weekend. Acting Municipal Manager Mr. Energy Manaka opened the games on Saturday morning and pledged full support to the games and as well emphasized the important of building good relations between the management and workers.

The Netball team of Madibeng was crowned champions after beating Bojanala in the final. The Pool team got position 2 after losing to Rustenburg Local Municipality while the Darts team got third position. The organisers were impressed with the manner in which Madibeng hosted the games and are contemplating bringing the Provincial Games to Brits next year in April.

The Sunrise Games host street soccer tournament

Teams are invited and expected to the first edition of the Sunrise Games to take place in Sonop Soccer Grounds, on the 16th of December 2016.  According to the organisers, Mr. Monde Mafunda and Tebogo Weer, player registration will take place in the morning of the event date.

Aids Awareness campaigner will be present throughout the day to raise awareness.  Community leaders will also be present to assist with present awarding and closing remarks.  The challenge has been scheduled as the street soccer tournament to feature 6-8 a side. The aims of the tournament is keeping the youth in the community active during the festive and holiday break.  The tournament has targeted a total of 12 teams which will be divided across 3 groups which are under 10, under 15 and the masters. Mafunda explained why they should host a tournament of such magnitude, he said the reasons are to motivate activeness and keep the kids out of trouble.  “It is a tool to empower the youth and engage on leadership, activeness, community involvement and Aids awareness,” emphasised Mafunda. He also added that the Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking is a major sponsor in the event.  Weer added that the equipments and personnel are in place ahead of the tournament.  “Volunteer referees, linesmen, whistles, balls, dummy cones, corner flags, lining of the pitch and nets are in place for the event.”

“These includes off the pitch, team colour jerseys coordination, score keepers and draw facilitating for matches,” he said.  It is an annual street soccer tournament that aimed at reaching out to approximately 1000 boys and girls under the age of 13, 15 and masters empowering and exposing them to a brighter future through the valuable lessons of sport.  The participants will enjoy the privilege of interacting with their favourite local soccer players, entertainment through music and other arts culture activities during the tournament, as they continue to participate and assist with the programme. Refreshments and food stalls will be available including half time energisers with water bottles supplied to players during the match.  It is a positive spin-off from the 2016 festive season, the Sunrise Games Street Soccer tournament aimed to be the largest of its kind. The tournament has also been given aspiring youngsters from around the North West province, in particular the Local Municipality of Madibeng a large dose of positive and healthy energy, which lingers long past the event’s close. The Sunrise Games Street Soccer tournament, supported by Standard Bank Corporate & Investment Banking, teaches life skills through the game of soccer to children who need it most and where they need it most.

The communities within the area where the tournament will be held are hampered by poverty and crime, and lack adequate and safe facilities and stimulating after-school and weekend activities.  Sport can be such a powerful catalyst for upliftment.  In the past years, there has been an incredible awakening in the kids who participate in the programme, who often for the first time, realise that they have something of value to contribute and that they matter. With this initiative, the community is quite sure that the kids on the street will be even more inspired and determined to play their best and in the process, make memories that will last a lifetime.  Twelve teams of six to eight players each will be featured into the tournament.  The finals will be played on the same day.  The Sunrise Games Street Soccer tournament is promoting healthy, brilliant, sharp and skillful players. With the moves they’ve learnt on the street soccer pitch, like Samba, Show Me Your No, Mjike Jou and Tsamaya, they are not afraid to take on opponents in one-on-one situations. With these skills, together with parents who support them by coming to watch their kids play, these players will go places.  It isn’t only the kids who will benefit from the tournament.  In addition, awards for top performing team, sportsmanship award and certificate presentation will be hosted.  Promise of a better life through sport, is the legacy of the tournament, and it lives on in the hearts, minds and spirits of the most disadvantaged youth.  Through this beautiful game, they are realising that with hard work and clean living, dreams can come true.

Annual Tournament

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At the local level, these talents are able and committed to make a real difference for their communities. They need a serious support to realise their ambitions.  Do you recognise the importance of good local governance for development?  Do you see the need for supporting the capacities of young talents at the local level? With the government involvement this can help the youth realise their ambitions and support good governance worldwide.

Tournaments for sports should be hosted regularly in Madibeng to boost the morale of the youth and encourage them to participate in sports.  The aim will be to foster social cohesion and identify talent.The tournaments will also provide a platform for future soccer or netball stars to showcase their talent. It will also give a platform for scouters to identify players in their respective age groups and genders who need further assistance and development. The most aim of the tournaments is also to identify players for the local league affiliation.  This will contribute in the achievement and strengthen the focus on youth development and empowerment. The tournaments has empowered learners, the stakeholders as well as the team’s officials. These youngsters also got exposure. Players competing at the highest level with the best talent that South Africa can offer.  The tournaments will not only beneficial to the youth of Madibeng but also the entire North West Province. The success of this tournaments will clearly indicate that all the participants had a goal and a purpose. It shows in the way they play.  In the next year’s tournaments, all teams should have players from various backgrounds, regardless of their skin colour. Local football in Madibeng is still a major challenge to most of our youth in the area with shortage of resources and improper development structures.  In the past tournaments such as the Brits Auto Body soccer and netball tournaments were conducted.

Among those attending the launch were sponsors from Brits Auto Body and Toyota, Local Football Association (LFA) representatives, team owners, team coaches, players from different clubs and supporters. The day was glorified with prayer when Rev. Mphatsoe was honoured to open the proceedings with a wonderful sermon and a word of thanks.  The Mistress of Ceremony (MC) Ms. Kgomotso Mokwana regarded it as one of the best events that have taken place in Maboloka.

Ward 6 Clr. Phetlhe wished all the boys and the teams a peaceful tournament and encouraged the youth to participate in sports in order to keep busy and away from illegal activities.  “Maboloka is blessed with talented individuals and such tournaments will bring glory in our area,” he said.   Future Stars (FC) CEO, Mr. Lehlohonolo Lebitso was given an opportunity to render a profile about the league.  “First of all, I would like to applaud the two gentlemen who formed Maboloka league, Mr. Mfazwe and the late Mr. Motsapi, may his soul rest in peace,” he said.

“They had formed this league to reduce drug and alcohol abuse in the area.  The main purpose was to develop the youth of Maboloka.  We want to see players from Maboloka playing professional football with professional players,” he added. “We want them to be recognised, be educated and have proper qualifications,” said CEO Lebitso.  LFA representative, Mr. Thaele gave a briefing about how the league unfolded.  “We are very much delighted to host such a tournament for the fourth time now,” he said. “We have one tournament that has been played in ward 6 and the Youth Stars FC were the champions.  Another tournament was played in Lephotho and Maboloka United was crowned.  Brits Auto Body, Young Stars FC came, first and now we are honoured to host another tournament,” he stated.

“Who will be crowned the champions this time?  Before this tournament, we have played a league tournament whereby the season commenced on the year 2011.  Our biggest achievement so far is that the boys played the first season and Brazil won,” he added. “Again, Brazil won the second season as well and played on a promotional league.  Maboloka United won the third season and are now playing at Castle league.  In the fourth season we had Edward Young Stars winning,” said Mr. Thaele.   The competition co-ordinator, Mr. Mfazwe emphasised that the Brits Auto Body Football Tournament will be a success and that the supporters must come in their numbers to support their teams.  “We are proud to say we have a team such as Maboloka United who is our inspiration,” he said.  “This is the beginning of a new era where we feel that Maboloka will also be recognised for better things like any other communities in Madibeng.  We want to see players playing at a higher level with professional players, we will stop developing until we see our vision unfolded.” “This event wouldn’t be a success if it wasn’t of the precious sponsors from Brits Auto Body and Toyota, and everybody else who contributed.  Supporters are advised to behave during the games and they must also respect the decisions made by the referees.  In that case I say let the ball roll,” concluded Mr. Mfazwe.

Five finalists to compete at Mothutlung Community Hall

Five finalists are to compete for the grand price of R5000 at Mothotlung Community Hall on the 3rd of December 2016.  The winner takes it all.  The Semi finals was epic people came out in numbers to support the 1st Annual Madibeng Dj Knockout Semi Finals at Disofeng Pub, Centreville. “Despite the challenges we had with the owner of the pub, people trying to sabotage us, we managed to keep the crowd alive.  In terms of the turnout, it was a successful event.  The place was still packed at around 8am.”

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“I am happy because this was the first event and it made the difference, attracting many people.  The Finals will be held at Mothotlung Community Hall on the 3rd of December 2016, Presold tickets are available at R40 and at the gate R60.” “Theme is all white, and cool boxes gets in for free.  Perfomances by Dj’s Mjonino, Joze, Tadpole, Master K, Stolen Soul, Terrible Twins, Craezears, Tone2Tone, Shilolo Boys and Jaidee.  Our Mc’s were Duchess from LCR 99.5 FM and TmoTouch.”

“We promising those who are coming high quality palatable entertainment.  We once again applaud the Madibeng Times for their free publicity and LCR 99.5 FM, not forgetting dj’s who participated.” “Our Finalists are Dj’s Papi, TLOvE, Dodoskie, Bronxy and Europower.  They will be given 15 minutes set on LCR 99.5 FM from the 29th of November to the 2nd of December just after 4pm news on THE DRIVE hosted by Duchess.  #100 Madibeng,” said Dj Mjonino.

Twisting and turning cars a township game

Twisting and turning cars is called “spinning,” and it’s a motorsport that has taken South Africa’s townships by storm. Exciting drivers, bursting tyres, seven 20 flips, four 50 monkey flips, 360, tokoloshe, to name but a few of the tricks and awesome skills and tactics that are to be displayed. In the 1980s, a thriving gangster culture gave rise to spinning motor vehicles at funerals, where it became a ritual to steal a car and spin it around in honour of the fallen.

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Then, during the early 90s, when the country looked almost certainly doomed to racial civil war, some youngsters in the country got together and decided to turn this into a recognised sport. They didn’t know what exactly they were doing (stunts, drag racing, whatever), but it all centred on the BMW 325i, the so-called box shape or gusheshe.  It grew from there, and these days it’s on the brink of being a certified official motorsport, having already advanced to a profitable industry with a network of promoters, spinners, and crowds.  Places such as Bapong, Kgabalatsane, Majakaneng and Hebron in Madibeng are where mostly the spinning sports is played.

One would think that the game is dangerous but according to those playing it, they say it is safe and easy to play.  They try some funny tricks, like drag racing and stunts.  People have different perspectives in terms of spinning. People say it’s very dangerous but almost every sport is dangerous.  Some people say they waste money on tyres and petrol. A reality is that you need to spend to make money.  The hilarious part is that when you are watching it, it looks dangerous. But in the car, it’s different. You just have to be 100 percent sober-minded to complete your mission. Their aim is to build a homeground for the spinners so that they can offer training around Madibeng.   The sport is changing the mindset of the people so that they can be entertained by what is done which is a complete different thing to playing soccer or other activity. No drivers are allowed to drink alcohol while driving.  By so doing, they avoid the issue of accidents.  The ring is secure and safe for the crowd. The organisers are asking for assistance from the Local Municipality of Madibeng and request that the municipality should consider their sport.  They need a safer place where they can spin their cars without any disturbance.