PSL’s Chippa vis­its Makana

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By GUGULETHU VUNDLA

Ajoint ven­ture football de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme be­tween Chippa United and the Depart­ment of Sport, Re­cre­ation, Arts and Cul­ture took place on Rhodes Univer­sity King Field on 14 October 2017, with sup­port from Makana Lo­cal Football As­so­ci­a­tion.

Akhona Heshu of the Makana LFA said the lat­est event was part of the sports club de­vel­op­ment, which was ini­ti­ated dur­ing the Na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val and it was about both the arts and sports. The pur­pose of this ini­tia­tive was to en­gage with chil­dren’s teams and help im­prove their soc­cer skills.

The idea was to have the coaches from Chippa United and Makana in­ter­act with U13 coaches so that they can get coach­ing tips and ideas. The South African Football As­so­ci­a­tion, Makana LFA and Chippa were all in­cluded event.

The main event was the game be­tween Chippa United and Makana XI, which was hand­picked from var­i­ous soc­cer teams in the Makana LFA.

Be­fore the main event, the U13 boys from Makana LFA sides played sev­eral matches to help tal­ent scouts gauge the boys.

In a game of de­fence, New­town City and Young Ea­gles ended in a 0-0 draw; Golden Broth­ers beat Gra­ham­stown United 2-1, while Sakhu­lut­sha es­caped with a 1-0 win against Sophia FC.

The first three games were all a lead-up to the main game, Makana Vs Chippa United which Chippa duly won 2-0. Lebu Saul from the Makana XI said he would like to visit Chippa United in Port El­iz­a­beth, even if this was not the first time he had played in the de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme against the PSL team.

It was an ex­pe­ri­ence to play against the Chippa team who were older than the lo­cal play­ers who ranged be­tween 16 and 18 years.

Saul said he was grate­ful to the depart­ment for or­gan­is­ing the event and wished for more games against other teams around PE.

Af­ter the game, Aneie Hasne, the goal­keeper of Makana team said, “The game was okay, we did not pre­pare enough for them and we did not ex­pect to win today.”

Hasne said his team needs to im­prove in de­fence. Gre­gory Kevin Da­mons from Chippa United men­tioned that it was a nice ex­pe­ri­ence to play against the Makana XI team.

“[The] Makana team need to work on de­fence, man mark­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and other ba­sic rules,” Da­mons said adding that in time, they’d im­prove.

Nelisa Dyeloyi, one of the fans who came out to sup­port the teams said the event was just the be­gin­ning to build­ing a sup­port base in Gra­ham­stown.

“The event was a suc­cess,” said Noku­zoka Aplemi, an­other sup­porter, “It kills so­cial ills that we have. Small chil­dren have some­thing to do on a Satur­day keep­ing away from the so­cial ill.”

The top U13 teams won medals to help sup­port them to keep on play­ing soc­cer.

Photo: Sakhile Dube

A team of Chippa United play­ers and man­age­ment spent Satur­day with ju­nior and se­nior play­ers from var­i­ous Makana Lo­cal Football As­so­ci­a­tion teams. The day ended with a Chippa se­nior side fac­ing a Makana select XI, picked from the var­i­ous lo­cal clubs.

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