IN a coup for Mighty Eleven Chiefs in Ekuphumleni, Kenton-on-Sea, two of their players, Yanda Ngqeke and Lifa Mgingwana, have been selected to compete in the Ajax U13 trials in Cape Town coming up towards the end of July.
Unfortunately the two players and their coach do not have the means to pay for their trip.
Many would remember the coach, Moses Plaitjie, who works at the Caltex Garage in Port Alfred who featured in the news earlier this year for bestowing healing blessings on people who stopped at the garage and others who sought him out.
Plaitjie, a humble and evangelistic man, coaches about 30-35 boys soccer every afternoon after work at the Ekuphumleni sports field.
“I’m keen on developing these boys to reach new heights, and teaching them value through sport,” he said.
Plaitjie, who aspires to do formal training for coaching, says he does his best to keep up with latest coaching trends by searching for information online, and following new developments in the coaching world.
“It’s my passion; I would like to do it professionally. I also feel like I owe it to soccer in our area,” he said.
He said that it was unfortunate that the Sunshine Coast is so lacking in soccer development. “We have great players from around here, Alexandria and Kenton but the guys have to leave and are playing for Ajax and Sundowns,” he said.
He said local school teams are not playing in district leagues and are hindered by the lack of development in the sport.
Currently Mighty Eleven Chiefs has no boots or kit and most of them play barefoot, but it doesn’t stop them from practicing every day. Plaitjie has the respect and admiration of the young boys, aged between 10 and 15, and they look to him for training and as a role model in their lives.
“I see the bigger picture; I’m not wasting my time. My wish is in five years, local teams will be able to compete with the higher league standard. I’m passionate about these guys” said Plaitjie.
If all goes well, Plaitjie will secure accommodation for the boys through a contact in Cape Town but is still lacking travel funds. To be able to take the two selected players on the trip for the Ajax trials, Plaitjie estimated he would need bout R3 500, which will include three roundtrip bus tickets, and food for five days.
He also expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Beverly Mclaren, James Douglas, Ndlambe Bargains and all the other individuals who have sponsored and supported him with bibs and balls.
Contact Plaitjies for more information on 063-894-8768.
Read full story in this week’s TotT.