16 June 2019


Maize Cup platform for youth soccer talent 

by: Kagiso Metswamere   date: 20 july 2018

Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup is an excellent opportunity for young and upcoming soccer players in villages and townships to display their talents, with the hope of catching the eye of scouts from big teams in the Premier Soccer league, (PSL), says Managing Director of Moeka Sport Development, Boitumelo Korogo.

Speaking to Semphete on the sideline of the 2018 Maize Cup about their role in the development of young soccer talent, Korogo said it was an excellent platform to expose young talents, with a possibility for the North West province to have future players in the PLS.

“We have been busy for the past six months working with the provincial government on the programme of searching for football talents in various villages and townships.

“Today we have brought boys we identified and used as curtain raisers for the four teams in this cup, and we really take this as a good platform to express and expose their talent. We have here three big teams from the PSL with their talents scout members,” he explained.

Bokone Bophirima’s villages, townships and small dorpies games is a programme of the Department of Education and Sport Development, and is strategically aligned with the annual Maize Cup tournament.

The programme is led by experts in the soccer field, including former professional players. Its main aim is to expose young soccer talent to teams at professional level in the country.

Pule Ganape is one of the young players from AC Milan FC in Schweizer Reneke, who played in the VTSD Games on the morning of the Maize Cup last weekend, paving the way for the first match of the day, Kaizer Chiefs against Buya Msuthu.

After the games, Ganepe said: “This was a good, encouraging platform for me as a person who wants to pursue a professional career in football to see my favourite players.

“It’s the first time I am exposed to a game at a stadium with many fans. I am really inspired because I also want to see myself playing for a big team like Kaizer Chiefs,” he said. 

The province’s soccer legend - former Bafana Bafana striker and one of the Maize Cup Ambassadors, Philemon Masinga - said the tournament was a good platform for big teams to prepare for the upcoming PSL season and to search and motivate young talents in the province.

“We have committed ourselves as former stars to help motivate young players through soccer clinics as build-up activities to the Maize Cup in the province.

“Through these clinics, the young kids get excited and inspired to interact with players they would normally only see on television,” explained the Matlosana born star.

Matlosana Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Maite Kgaile, thanked the province for choosing the municipality to host the one-day tournament, saying local children had gained a lot through the soccer clinics.

“We are excited about this cup in our municipality because of the people who came in their numbers to support the event and our soccer legends who are doing a great job of motivating and inspiring our young kids who have interest in this beautiful game,” she said.