MLUNGISI man has decided to reform the PG Stars soccer team in Enkululekweni Zone 1 in an attempt to keep teenage boys, who have nothing to do in their spare time, occupied. Peter Gatyeni told The Rep the teens needed to be active. Gatyeni, who grew up in Mlungisi, spent many hours coaching young soccer players in the area before leaving for East London some two years ago.
‘’When I came back here last November, I was sad to see the youngsters were no longer playing soccer as there was no longer a team after I left. ”The revived team played its first match against Kaizer United at the Harlem Park on Saturday and although they lost by 3-1, Gatyeni was hopeful that more teenage boys from the area would return to the game. “It is not just about winning or losing. This is about the love of sport and keeping kids happy and active.”
Plans were already under way to form an under-17 team. ‘’Enkululekweni was a nice area and these children would not be involved in petty crimes if parents and local businesses in the area did something for them. ”The teams follow the Top Notch Tournament format where teams each contribute money towards the prize.
“We just give R10 each – this is not about the money, but to reward the boys after the games. ”He blamed parents for their lack of involvement in sport in the area. “Parents do not give these children any support. The gym is also where children learn discipline and problems start when we fail to teach them these good principles at a young age.” Matches are played every Saturday at Harlem Park, opposite the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre.