LONDT Park outfit Callies FC have successfully paved their way into the Castle League after winning a once off promotional clash against New Brighton’s PE United.
The newly crowned Pefa league and cup champions of 2012 have finally stepped up a level, as they fulfil their much desired ambition of competing in Castle League.
“This season will be a learning curve for us. And it will undoubtedly enhance our reputation,” Callies football club president Darryl Ausmeier said.
Having already competed at a higher level, the National Second Division in 1991 and Vodacom League in 1997/98, this will be Callies’ debut season in the Castle League, and they will be looking to announce their arrival in weeks to come.
The club has brought in 14 new young players, eight of which come through the junior ranks. The rule that five U/20 must be on the field at any given time has warranted the need to bring in young talent.
“We have identified [players who will] help us do well and progress as a team,” Callies coach Munier Safedien said.
The club will undoubtedly call on their senior players to bring in experience and nurture the youngsters throughout the new campaign.
Callies will unfortunately not be playing their home games at Londt Park because it is now cricket season.
“We always preach professionalism at Callies and we will look to continue in this vein,” Safedien said.
Callies have not yet been granted a home venue for their Castle League matches and await word from the municipal council.