Lo­cal footie sea­son kicks off with a bang

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Young Bafana will kick-off their sea­son at Lwan­dle Sta­dium on Satur­day (24 Fe­bru­ary).

The team, who will com­pete in the Helder­berg Lo­cal Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LFA), will want to se­cure three points for a vic­tory in their opener.

Coach Gra­ham Knott said not only will this event show­case their freshly scouted lo­cal tal­ent, but also in­clude many of their coaches and in­terns in the team.

“Our ob­jec­tives for this sea­son and this match is to get as many sup­port­ers as pos­si­ble to the matches, be­cause these events are for ev­ery­one,” he said.

“In do­ing so, we would like to in­vite peo­ple from across the Helder­berg to join to­gether and sup­port us.

“Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Na­tion ad­dress said: ‘As we rid our minds of all neg­a­tiv­ity, we should reaf­firm our belief that South Africa be­longs to all who live in it. For though we are a di­verse peo­ple, we are one na­tion’.”

Knott said to sup­port this idea, Young Bafana will pro­vide the fol­low­ing on Satur­day:

▶ char­ity raf­fle at R1 per ticket – great prizes from var­i­ous spon­sors will be up for grabs;

▶ braai sta­tion at the field;

▶ a 30-minute tour of Lwan­dle after the match with Young Bafana’s un­der-15 coach and out­reach man­ager Veron Peter;

▶ trans­port for peo­ple from Som­er­set West and Strand to Lwan­dle, and back with the academy bus when ar­ranged as such; and

▶ se­cure park­ing at the sta­dium and much more.

Young Bafana will play San­tos at 13:15 and ad­mis­sion is free.

Vis­i­tors and sup­port­ers are urged to take along do­na­tions of cloth­ing and soc­cer boots for ben­e­fi­cia­ries and their fam­i­lies

Con­tact Len­nard on 072 284 1085 or visit www.young­bafana.co.za.

Bernd Stein­hage (far right), founder of Young Bafana, chats to the play­ers in a hud­dle.

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