Soccer lovers around Thohoyandou and surrounding areas will soon be able to watch Safa ABC Motsepe Promotional League matches on their doorstep.
This follows the decision by a new group of businesspeople around the area to buy the ABC Motsepe league status from Great North FC. The team has been based in Seshego since its inception in the league five years ago.
According to the spokesperson of the team, Mr Itani Munzhelele, the reason behind buying the team was to develop young players. He said the Vhembe area had a lot of talent. The Kaizer Chiefs kingpin Eric Mathoho, Highlands Park striker Rodney Ramagalela, national U/23 captain Thendo Mukumela, Irvin Mahangwahaya and Phathutshedzo Nange, both of Bidvest Wits, hailed from this area.
He stated that he had more confidence in the people of Vhembe, that they would take his team to the highest level of football in the country within a reasonable period. The team will use the Makhuvha Stadium as their home ground.
The new team hired the well-travelled and former Dolphins FC coach Mr Justice Mtileni as head coach of the team. Mtileni said his team would play several matches before the league resumed next month.
Vhembe will have three teams playing under the auspices of Safa ABC Motsepe Limpopo, namely Mikhado FC, Tshakhuma RO Nandilani and the new team, Vhembe Football Academy.
Date:31 August 2019 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela
Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.