GEORGE FOOTBALL NEWS - The Absa Premiership League and first division GladAfrica Championship League are back on the football field, but amateur clubs are still waiting to hear when they can resume activities.
Meanwhile, the ABC Motsepe Provincial League will take place from 1 to 31 October with the national playoffs in December. The SAB Regional League will follow suit.
After the South African Football Association (Safa) offered a glimmer of hope to amateur teams in the country in August by asking Government to allow the resumption of amateur football, they are still awaiting an answer. The last Safa Eden Regional League games were played on Saturday 14 March - more than six months ago.
Gift 'Stiga' Mangani
The Lawaaikamp sensation, left-kicking winger Gift 'Stiga' Mangani, has again signed with the Black Cats.
The 24-year-old player has not been idle the past six months. He trains alone and jogs with teammates in the morning. "It is crucial for players to connect and communicate via WhatsApp to boost team spirit. We should encourage each other during this difficult time," Mangani said.
Masixole 'Knorrox' Bambiso
Masixole Bambiso made it all the way from the dusty streets of Thembalethu right to the top as a Premier Soccer League Match Official.
Bambiso is fast becoming a household name in South Africa.
George Herald asked the young PSL match official a few questions:
Q: How did Covid-19 affect you?
Bambiso: It affected me a lot. I couldn't be active and do what I love most. I was doing well in my maiden season in the Premier Soccer League and I was happy with my performance. Hopefully after these difficult times I will continue where I left off.
Q: What do you do to prevent the spread of Covid-19?
Bambiso: Just follow the rules. Wash your hands regularly, no face touching and wear your mask in public. Sanitise your hands!"
Q: What are you doing to keep fit?
Bambiso: I follow a programme given to us by Safa physical instructors. I also jog.
Q: What is your advice to a youngster who dreams about becoming a match official?
Bambiso: The very first step towards success is to have passion for what you are doing and to give it your best. Yes, there will be challenges, but always focus on your dream.
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