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Coaches take aspiring Ermelo soccer players under their wing

Mxenge and Collins made a joint decision to work with the boys as coaches to help them develop some basic skills and to improve their overall fitness levels.

A new soccer team, De Bruin FC, was formed from what had initially just been a few youngsters playing soccer at the Veltman Park.

One of the coaches, Obuhle Mxenge, told Highvelder that Sihle Nkosi (14), one of the boys, who usually played soccer in the park with a few friends, had approached him to ask if he would be willing to train them.

Mxenge admitted that at first he was a little hesitant, because there were not enough of them to make a team, but Sihle assured him he would recruit more of his friends.

The De Bruin FC team, and coaches Obuhle Mxenge and Timothy Collins. Photo | Wayne van der Walt

As Timothy ‘Shadow’ Collins and his son arrived at the park one day and saw the boys playing there, his son expressed a desire to participate as well.

Mxenge and Collins made a joint decision to work with the boys as coaches to help them develop some basic skills and to improve their overall fitness levels.

Sihle had stayed true to his word. Twenty boys currently form De Bruin FC.

The De Bruin FC boys during a practice session. Photo | Wayne van der Walt

“In addition to motivating the children, spending time with them keeps them occupied and off the streets, away from any social ills,” Collins said.

He said despite having limited resources in terms of training equipment (a few flat cones), he still believes they are making a valuable contribution in these boys’ lives.

One of the boys interrupted Mxenge’s explanation to Highvelder at this point and said, “I’m not just here to learn new skills, I’m also here to have my photo taken by the newspaper!” which led to the taking of a team picture shortly after.

Read the complete article in the Highvelder.

 

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