An amateur club playing in the SAB Regional League has taken it upon itself to invest in the development of young footballers in the Gert Sibande Region of Mpumalanga. The club V.OC. United FC donated a brand new set of football kit to the Mkhondo Local Football Association when they visited Kwantombazana Ground, Phola Park in Mkhondo on Sunday 11 November 2018. The ‘Rich Boys’ of the Gert Sibande region also spent their time doing soccer clinics as part of the club’s community outreach programme.
The coaching staff and players of V.O.C United FC conducted the soccer clinics attended by more than 100 children from Harmony Park, Phola Park and Thandukukhanya, Mkhondo. The coaching stuff and players successfully conducted the soccer clinics for an hour. The number of attendees impressed the management of V.O.C United FC, they even promised to come back again next year. “We are happy with the attendance and the way everything has been organised by the LFA,” said Mr Madonsela the manager of V.O C United FC. He said the club has been on a promotional drive visiting the rural places of the Gert Sibande Region promoting football.
“We are visiting all rural areas of the region where our radio station VOC FM is broadcasting. This project is part of the station’s community responsibility programs including the club.”
The reason they came to Phola Park -an extension of Thandukukhanya Township- is because of a local player Mphumzeni Shandu who plays as a goalkeeper for V.OC. United FC. “We are visiting all rural areas of the region where our radio station VOC FM is broadcasting.
This project is part of the station’s community responsibility programs including the club. We could have gone to the rural places of Mkhondo but because one of our players is from this area we decided to come here.” He said the radio station VOC FM is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) involved in many community projects and also assist in schools around the region and the club.
“We are donating a kit on behalf of the club and VOC FM to help the Mkhondo LFA in developing young players. The LFA will decide on what to do with the kit, maybe do an under 13 tournament and use the kit as prize,” said Mr Madonsela.
“We are happy with the attendance and the way everything has been organised by the LFA,”
The kit was received by the secretary of Mkhondo LFA Mr Ntokozo Simelane who told the kids that a tournament will be arranged during the festive season. The kids were excited by the news of the tournament to be played for the first time during the festive season. He said the tournament will be one of the tournaments played under the Mkhondo Diski Festival from 01 to 31 December 2018 at Thandukhanya, Mkhondo. He thanked V.O.C. United FC for donating a football kit and taking their time to teach soccer basics to the children who attended the soccer clinics.
Later on the Sunday afternoon V.O.C United FC played an SAB League match against PR Barcelona FC at Milner Park Ground, Mkhondo. The visitors won the match comfortably with 3-0 score line to move just one place up on the Stream B log with 12 points after seven games. They have won four (4), lost three (3) with no match drawn since the 2018/19 season began. They are sitting on position seven (7), seven points behind league leaders Manzana FC & Flymingo United FC. The club went home in a jolly good mood with the three (3) points and love from the children who attended the coaching clinics.