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Benedict Vilakazi who is now head coach of Orange Vaal Professionals.

Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi who has joined Orange Vaal Professionals as head coach. Picture: Sourced

Former Orlando Pirates star midfielder, Benedict ‘Tso’ Vilakazi, has made his way back to professional football by accepting a role of head coach at Orange Vaal Professionals in the ABC Motsepe League.

Vilakazi, 33, whose soccer career came to a demise following a short stint in Denmark and last kicked the ball in Botswana was helping out as a coach at Education Through Soccer Academy (ETSA) last year.

Orange Vaal Professionals owned by business-man, Solly Mkhabela, is campaigning in the third tier of South African football and has Vilakazi’s former teammate, Steve Lekoelea, in their books.

The club’s Brand Manager Lerato Majoro said, “We have appointed Vilakazi as the head coach.

The team has played two games under him now. He is doing well.

In the first game under him, we played 1-1 against African All Stars. That’s the team that will be playing against Polokwane City in this year’s Nedbank Cup.

In his second game in charge, we drew 1-1 again, against AmaBEE.

We have also appointed former Moroka Swallows players, Pitso Lekone as his assistant.”

Orange Vaal Professionals lie 10th place on the log will lock horns with VuT FC over the weekend at Isak Steyl stadium in what is termed Vaal Derby with the winner walking away with the three points and bragging rights.

Juventus player (red) shields the ball from Celta Vigo (blue) opponent in a league encounter.

Juventus player (red) shields the ball from Celta Vigo (blue) opponent in a league encounter.

A goal in each half helped Juventus secure a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo in an exciting clash played in Eatonside on Sunday.

The weekend fixture was part of the Vaal Milling Promo¬tional League and was played under windy conditions which often gave players from both sides a tough time.

After a defender was sighted for handling the ball in the danger box, Juventus were awarded a penalty which was converted.

When the two teams came back from the interval, Celta Vigo’s defense was caught napping and Juven¬tus went 2-0 to the good¬Before kick-off, Celta Vigo and Juventus occupied sec¬ond and third positions on the log respectively.

Players from both sides failed to make use of the wide pitch and instead opt¬ed for short passes in the center of the ground which led to congestion and un¬necessary injuries.

Juventus held on for the win which sees the team go second on the league standings. Emfuleni Local Football Association’s Chairman Mondli Nkosi told this scribe there are four streams in the league.

“These games are part of our 2014/5 sea¬son and we’re work¬ing around the clock to wrap up the league in preparation of our new season,” he said.

GAME ON: Clapham player (blue) vs SOE player (purple) during the 2015 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Gauteng Provincial Finals.

GAME ON: Clapham player (blue) vs SOE player (purple) during the 2015 Kay Motsepe Schools Cup Gauteng Provincial Finals.

The Transnet SAFA School of Excel¬lence under-19 soccer team won the Gauteng provincial title in the Kay Mot¬sepe Schools Cup competition beating Clapham High School 1-0 in the final.

They will be going to the National finals in October, hoping to emulate the school’s 2012 side, who went one further, winning the national title that year and getting the R1 million first prize.

Gavin Silango, the team’s coach, said it’s great to be back at the top of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup.

“Since 2012 we have been working towards building a very strong team and I can safely say this is our strongest team by far,” he said.

“The boys have been doing exceptional¬ly well since the cluster games began. The majority of the team is in grade 12 and as this is their exit year they want to leave behind a legacy – which is to win money for the school.” Good preparation is the key to success, Silango believes, and this team started early.

“We knew what our goal was and still is, and we worked very hard towards achiev¬ing that goal,” he said.

The School of Excellence has always focused on individual development. “It’s a tradition at the school and I think that’s what got me interested in working here,” Silango said.

“Our style of football is different to other teams, it’s exciting, interesting to watch and has a South African flair to it.”

“We believe in fully developing a player individually and making sure that they understand themselves and their roles within a team,” Silango added.

At the provincial finals, the team was very high in spirits and confidence.

“Our plan as the technical team was not to put any pressure on the players and to leave them to showcase what we have taught them. It also gives us insight into how they have understood instruction as well as playing under pressure,” said Silango.

October seems far away, but prepa¬rations for the nationals start im¬mediately, we will continue training like we have been, playing in local leagues and arranging a few friendly games just to prepare the team.

Silango started coaching at the school in 2010 and is the first goal keeper to coach at the school. He played as a ‘keeper for Jomo Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns before in¬jury cut his career short and since then has done a first year course in goalkeeper coaching and has been goalkeeper coach for Ban¬yan Banyana and the Mamelodi Sundowns development team.

MATRIMONIAL UNION: From Left to Right – Tieho Mofokeng, Daniel “Sailor” Tshabalala, Gcina Mbongo and Mzwakhe Tshabalala.

MATRIMONIAL UNION: From Left to Right – Tieho Mofokeng, Daniel “Sailor” Tshabalala, Gcina Mbongo and Mzwakhe Tshabalala.

Historical institution Wilberforce College has joined forces with Sebokeng-based soccer club Sailor FC.

The college adopted the team and the merger is said to have been signed and sealed late last month.
The merger will see the team being housed at the institution premises and the players will benefit through educational courses offered by the college.

Tieho Mofokeng representing Wilberforce College said, “Sailor FC approached us about a possible merger and since we didn’t have a soccer team at the college we thought it would be wise to accept their proposal. We love sports and this is a blessing for both parties”

The name Sailor FC will cease to exist and will be known as Wilberforce FC.

“We have set over 200 beds which will accommodate teams that are travelling from far, and Sports Management and Information Technology (IT) courses would be made available for the development of the players as we believe education and sport will guarantee them a better future,” Mofokeng added.

Article: As published on The View News (October 2013)

Mo-Faya FC and Sailor FC players tussle for a ball in a match that ended 6-0

Mo-Faya FC and Sailor FC players tussle for a ball in a match that ended 6-0

Sailor Football Club trounced Mo-Faya FC in a thrilling football encounter that ended 6-0 at Conti Grounds on Sunday.

Former Orlando Pirates player, Daniel “Sailor” Tshabalala team looked the better of the two sides as they attacked their opponent mercilessly from the first whistle. It came as no surprise when Sailor’s striker Martin Mochosa broke the deadlock in the 20th minutes to give his side a 1-nil lead.

Ten minutes to interval Mochosa intercepted a pass and caught Mofaya’s defence napping and managed to put the ball in the back of the net to increase his tally.

In the second half Sailor FC continued where they left off, and took the game to the visibly dispirited opponent. Mofaya’s defence failed to clear the ball and Zachariah Khasa capitalised on the mistake and headed home a sitter to put his side 3-nil up.

Mofaya tried in vain to find the elusive goal and thought they have decreased the deficit but their goal was disallowed as the referee ruled it offside.

In the closing minutes of the game Tshepo Mpshe put a finally nail into Mofaya’s coffin when he outran the defence with the goalie to beat but saw his first shot parried away and bounced back to him and netted home the second time.

In a post match interview Sailor FC captain Mzwakhe Tshabalala who picked an injury earlier in the game said, “Tactically we were good; we played according to the coach’s instruction and let’s give credit to the guys.”

Calvin Levuno holds medals he has won since he began his career as an athlete.

Calvin Levuno holds medals he has won since he began his career as an athlete.

Calvin Levuno is an athlete who has been involved in the game for over a decade and has rewards to prove his agile talent in conquering his peers. The 29-year old lad from Boitumelo, Sebokeng achieved a lot in a short space of time and still dreams of making it big.

Bekele as he is affectionately known says; “My love and passion for running keeps me grounded, I have represented the Vaal region in all the ranks from junior to senior. In the future I would like to take part in the central track in-field.”

Among accolades he has collected includes United School Sport Association, Lekoa Athletic Club for being loyal to the club and Sedibeng West championships.

“At this present moment I am preparing for the Soweto marathon, which will be the first time I participate and I am hoping to achieve a top ten spot. I have been training hard to keep in shape, unlike racing, marathon needs one to focus and I’m proud to say I’m on top of my game. I derive my inspiration from the likes of Norman Dlomo and my coach Joseph Diale. I have been running 21km race and it is my dream that one day I take part in the Olympics and New York Marathon,” Levuno ended.

Photo: Simon "Bull" Lehoko

Photo: Simon “Bull” Lehoko

It is often said that ‘it takes a village to raise a child with a hope that in future might end up being celebrated’ but what about a living legend who has defied the odds to set a trend and put his area on the map but neglected and possibly forgotten?

Simon “Bull” Lehoko is a renowned name in the football shores not only in our region but across the country.
Born in Vereeniging in 1951, Lehoko always had a hunger to learn. After attending school at Lekoa Shandu, he enrolled for a teacher’s diploma at Wilberforce Training College in Evaton where he met former Chiefs’ midfield star, the late Ariel “Pro” Khongoane.

Lehoko’s debut at Real X20 launched him on a successful career path, one which may not have materialised if his father had not owned a soccer club.

Lehoko’s father Shadrack was what people in the township commonly referred to as “preza” (president or club owner). His brother Joseph nicknamed him “Bull” because of his tough defensive style.

He rose through the ranks and when he turned 16, his prowess developed in the colours of Real X20. Lehoko was among Real X20 players who featured prominently in the Sharpeville Invitation X1.

Lehoko’s impeccable performance at Vaal Professionals caught the eye of the Phefeni Glamour Boys who started negotiations for his services. However a nagging injury ended his ambitions to continue playing at Chiefs.
In the early 90s Lehoko became head coach of the now-defunct Vaal Professionals. ‘Setla’ as they were known was one of the most feared teams in the old national soccer league, winning the BobSave Superbowl (now the Nedbank Cup) in 1994, becoming the first South African team to play in the Mandela Cup – the African Cup winners’ cup – and being a founder member of the PSL in 1996.

Lehoko and several of his former Vaal Professionals colleagues have their hearts set on top-level football returning to the area, they are also squarely behind efforts at grassroots level to develop not only the football skills of youth in the area but also their life skills and ability to handle the tremendous social challenges they face.

“Bull’s” efforts to resuscitate football development in the region have been washed down the drain as funders failed to honour their promises time and again.

“Soccer development in our region has gone to the dogs despite the success we had in the past. It’s high time we
develop our own and resurrected a professional team within our football fraternity, we need change in the Vaal.”

T his is how Mojekisane, son of a former Kaizer Chiefs Legend Simon “Bull” Lehoko sees the state of football in the region and he pleaded with the community at large to come onboard and rescue fading careers of prominent future stars.

“It is uncalled for to have municipalities running football, whatever happened to former players; why is it that the legends are not given that opportunity? Our region is richly blessed with abundance of football talent but it is absurd to note that only a handful ply their trade in the elite Premier Soccer League.

“We call upon the powers that be to reconsider and give soccer development a thought. Yes, we acknowledge that the plan might be there but it is only on paper. How long will our cries fall on deaf ears, how exciting would it be to see not only the return of Vaal Professionals but also the grassroots growth of the game in the area being put under the control of professionals like the Soccer Legends”, he asks?

Mojekisane also made it known that the much anticipated Simon “Bull” Lehoko Sports Foundation will be launched in a gala-dinner that will be held next month and this is in partnership with soccer giant Kaizer Chiefs Football Club. In attendance will be football greats like Johannes “Ryder” Mofokeng, Joseph “Banks” Setlhodi and Kenneth “Continental” Kubheka to name but a few. This will serve as a channel to outline plans and raise funds for the foundation.

The launch which was scheduled to take place early last month was postponed as a result of internal politics.

“It is saddening to have promises made by decision makers and only to renegade on them. To those who failed us we’d like to say we are aware and have learned”, concluded Lehoko jnr.

Lehoko Foundation in conjunction with Made in the Vaal and Sheila and Mapule Commemorative Welfare Centre will also host a soccer tournament which will pinpoint individuals who are skilful and willing to quit drugs but are faced with different struggles.

The event which coincides with the Vaal Uprising will be aimed at drug abuse which has become a scourge in our lives.

Pule Nteso said, “With this initiative we’re hoping to open our own rehabilitation centre as the current ones are not effective, most of the drug users are prepared and motivated to quit but it goes back to saying what if they relapse.

“We are open to work with everybody. On the day there would be awards which are
earmarked at recognizing and honouring women in sport, supporters who are inspired by the likes of the late Johannes “Mzion” Mofokeng and promoting leaders among us”, added Nteso.