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Tlokwe Youth Development FC wants to fly football flag in Potch

Football in Potchefstroom is on the up, largely thanks to Tlokwe Youth Development FC’s rise through the ranks this season. The team, which is based in Ikageng, may not have the best facilities, but they have the heart, mentality and talent to go far. Tlokwe Youth Development FC is currently in first place in the …

Football in Potchefstroom is on the up, largely thanks to Tlokwe Youth Development FC’s rise through the ranks this season.
The team, which is based in Ikageng, may not have the best facilities, but they have the heart, mentality and talent to go far. Tlokwe Youth Development FC is currently in first place in the SAB League (Fourth tier of South African Football) region, with the main aim of qualifying for the ABC Motsepe League next season.
Their coach, Sello Sebitsiwa, has been part of the club since 1999 and has used all his experience to guide the club to its current position of dominance. Still, he knows that there is a lot of hard work to do and he will need all the support he can get.

‘We first started playing in a local promotional league before moving to SAB League in 2013. We are now hungry for promotion, having been unbeaten this season so far. If we win the regional league, then we play in regional and interregional playoffs. Only then can we qualify for the ABC Motsepe League. It is a long journey still, but we are positive and taking it step by step,’ said Sebitsiwa.

According to him, the club has an u.11, u.13, u.15, u.19 and a first team and is currently training in an open space but the conditions are not the best. He says this has been the club’s best season where they have picked up impressive victories over Siwelele (14-0) as well as Puk Tawana ALS (4-1). The team also beat North West United 4-2 in a match at Potch Dorp Rugby Club this past Sunday.

‘The victory over Tawana was a big one as it kept distance between us and them in the battle for first place. Tawana is an excellent team so we had to prepare well,’ he added.

It is strange to think that Potchefstroom has no big football club currently playing in one of the top three tiers of South African Football. In fact, the Potchefstroom region has been without an ABC Motsepe team for the past seven years. The talent has always been there but finances and other administrative issues have always kept local football from developing to its full potential.

‘We currently need the community to support us. Local businesses, stakeholders and interested parties need to invest in local football. We really struggle with limited resources and we sacrifice a lot of our time and effort to make the club a success,’ said Sebitsiwa.
Enquiries: Bethuel Lampie Mere (team manager) on 082 984 6203.

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