Story by: Motsieng Mooketsi
Alabama:Former Kaizer Chiefs Middlefielder Gert Schalkwyk has made it his mission to bring soccer back into the City of Matlosana “Klerksdorp” which is his hometown.
Having began his career in the township of Alabama, teams like Oliver Isaacs FC, Klerksdorp City, Delforce FC, Leister City groomed him to be one of the best middlefielders in his time.
Schalkwyk has also played for Santos, Orlando Pirates, Wits University, Bloemfontien Celtics, Freestate Stars, Maritzburg United, and has seven apperances for the national team.
For the past seven years he has been hosting the Gert Schalkwyk Easter Soccer Tournament. The tournament has become the biggest in Klerksdorp and has also attracted dozens of teams from all over the North West Province and Gauteng.
This year’s tournament kicked off on the 19 April and was disturbed by heavy rainfall and its final was rescheduled to the 28th of April. The finals was supposed to take place on the 22 April.
The tournament saw 24 U/13 teams taking part in the tournament, and senior teams were 19 in total.
The teams went head to head to claim the reigns of the tournament for the 2019 edition.
In the end the U/13 Final between Tigane Young Stars and Suncity Arsenal went to Tigane with a 2 – 0 beating Arsenal from Jouberton.
The clash of the titans was in yhe seniors between Alabama’s Dope Boys going against the Hearts of Hope from Khuma, Khuma went away with the title beating Dope Boys at it’s Alabama home-ground.
The tournament was sponsored by: The Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality, The City of Matlosana, the teams that went to the finals received new kits from the National Department of Sports handed over by Mr Itumeleng Tlhasedi.
Mr Melvin the Director of Sports Arts and Culture from the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality was present to hand over the cups and the medals to the winners and runner-ups of the tournament. They were assisted by; Thuso Phala, Ditheko Mototo, Abraham Nteko.
Thuso Phala amused the crowd when he danced with fans by doing his popular dance moves called Thuso Phala.
Wesley Kgang from the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality was present at the tournament and identified three young talented boys from Tigane that played exceptionally, these boys had no socxer boots, and this prompted the District Municipality to commit in buying the boys soccer boots.