Gudhluza FC from Tsietsi phase four in Katlehong, were celebrating one year of existence over the weekend.
The founder and chairman of the team, Themba Gudhluza, said since the existence of the team they have achieved a lot. Before cutting of the cake, he delivered a key note address and Moses Gama, managing director of Tsohang Youth Project who is also a motivation speaker, gave them words of wisdom.
Gudhluza, who works for the Department of Social Development, said he and his wife started the team to fight the socials ill around their area. “Due to the demarcation, I could not able to help people in my area. Then we decided to form this team so that we can give back to our area” he explained.
Down to earth, Gudhluza said they are hoping to produce futures stars. “But our main objective is to produce good citizens. We nature these children, soccer is just a stepping stone. Producing people who will represent us on the national team will be a bonus for us,” he explained.
However, if they are not playing soccer, they tackle issues such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, bullying, just to mention but a few. He turned his house into a club house and he is funding the team from his pocket.
Gudhluza said his aim is to take children out of the streets during weekends and school holidays. He said: “Now there is a difference because we keep them busy during the weekends and school holidays. If there are children who are still willing to come and join us they are more than welcome. We are looking for children from the age of 13 to 15 years-old as we only have two divisions.”
Their biggest challenge is that they do not have enough sports regalia. He said the challenge comes when they play tournaments because they have to use the same attire in the next game. They have tried to seek sponsor from different people but they sent them from pillar to post.
“We are currently in negotiation with other municipalities but nothing have materialised yet. If there are people who are willing to come on-board and help us they are welcome” he concluded.