MOTHERWELL’S Mpumalanga Primary School were crowned the new champions of the Port Elizabeth regional Spur Masidlale Soccer Series when they won the league race on points at NU2 Stadium in Motherwell yesterday.
Mpumalanga played to a goalless draw against Melisizwe Primary School but they won the championship with 19 log points.
Ten primary schools participated in a nine-week-long series of league matches, with teams comprising seven players. Mboniselo Primary School won the girls’ league title.
The series is also played in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.
Project organisers representative Gary Weinstein said the event was very successful.
“We had a 100% turnout and all the kids arrived on time at the field to honour their league fixtures every week.”
He said two players were selected to join PSL side Moroka Swallows’ under-13 development ranks during the Johannesburg leg of the series.
“We also want the same scenario in this region but we can’t do it when there is no PSL team based here. We hope things will be better for these kids next year if Chippa United decide to move to PE permanently.”
Series ambassador and former Bafana Bafana player Patrick Mayo said competition in the event was getting tighter every year.
“These children are committed to football because this is their only chance to expose their skills and talent at a young age. But we need more football development projects to train them to be future stars.” – Mthetho Ndoni