PSL’s Chippa visits Makana
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.
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.