Keidebees Crowned U/14 Soccer Champions


Upington –As part of unearthing new talent, Mamelodi Sundowns players ‘scouts were watching with keen interest as Northern Cape provincial McDonald under 14 soccer championships dished some of the enterprising young talents.


The Keidebees Intermediate School under 14 soccer boys from the ZF Mgcawu district booked a place in the national McDonald championships to take place in Gauteng next month following their 1-0 victory over Rietvale High School.


Five schools from all the five districts took part at an exciting tournament that was held in Upington. Despite the fact that the tournament did not produce more goals, top goal scorer with two goals Showen Fiks was awarded with the trophy for his individual brilliance, meanwhile his teammate Kosinale Mgiba was awarded with the goalkeeper of the tournament award. Keidebees left winger Elton Pienaar who was marvellous to watch during the entire tournament was named player of the tournament.


For their participation in the tournament, Rietvale obtained second position followed by Steynville High School. The two teams were awarded with medals and the certificates of participation. 


Sundowns players scout Franco Steenbok encouraged the players to keep on working hard if they wish to unleash their dreams of playing soccer in the highest level. “”It all start in the grassroots level, there is a huge talent in the Northern Cape, there is no doubt that these boys can make it to the professional level in the coming future. Sundowns is prepared to make these boys dreams come true of playing for a professional soccer team”, Steenbok said.


Speaking after the tournament South African Schools Football Association Northern Cape president Dickson Moleko praised all the players who took part in the one day tournament, he said there is huge talent amongst all the players.


“All the teams showed the enthusiasm to win the tournament, but unfortunately there had to be one winner in the day, we can proudly say we are not going to add numbers when we travel to Gauteng, we are going for gold.


In this kind of tournament players get exposed to players scouts coming from different professional soccer teams, we want to see our boys being selected and join big teams, already we have a player like Thato Mokeke from Kimberley who is now making his trademark at Super Sport United, he was also part of this games, so we need more players to follow that route”, Moleko said.