SEVEN football developmental sides that make up Lupane-based Catch Them Young Soccer Academy will on Saturday converge on Somhlolo Stadium for their monthly soccer gala.
The teams that make up the academy are Mzola France, Sobendle, Sunrise, Lupane City, Shabulana Invaders, Hotspurs and Mtshibini.
On Saturday they will fight it out in the Under 13, 15 and 20 age groups.
“Since the official launch of the academy last year, on Saturday we will have our fourth soccer gala at Somhlolo Stadium. It’s all in an effort to help these youngsters realise their dreams,” said one of the founder members of the academy, Thandolwenkosi Nyoni.
Nyoni founded the soccer college together with Lawrence Dube, Bukhosi Khumalo and Leonard Mwale, locals who work at Lupane Business Centre.
According to Nyoni, the budding football stars that are drawn from local primary and secondary schools that include Songo, Lupane, Mtshibini (primary), Nhlanhla and Mabhikwa (secondary) are afforded a chance to play against each other from their respective clubs through football galas that are held every month at Somhlolo Stadium or Mtshekisaneni Ground.
They have so far held three soccer festivities that were graced by former Hwange Football Club legendary goalkeeper Weekly Mwale, on two occasions.
“Our main aim is to establish links with established soccer academies locally and abroad. We have been in constant touch with FC Platinum assistant coach Lizwe Sweswe, ex-Highlanders captain Thulani “Biya” Ncube and radio personality Ezra “Tshisa” Sibanda all in an effort to get ideas on how to take our project to more advanced levels. It’s also our wish to feed talent to local premiership clubs,” said Nyoni.
He added that they enjoyed a good working relationship with Lupane District sports officer Abson Mahlangu, Lupane Local Board, Rural Community Empowerment Trust, National Aids Council (Nac) and school teachers from schools dotted in and around the Lupane community.