Former Orlando Pirates player hosts a tournament in Clayville

Tournament winning team

Former Orlando Pirates player Katleho Loke hosted a tournament in Clayville. Loke’s idea to launch a tournament in Clayville came after noticing that most young people don’t have anything to do. Most youths in the area are either loitering the streets or hanging around street corners.

Loke decided to take them out of the street, as he strongly believed that is a community’s duty. “Support them, don’t give up on them, and they are our children; they need our guidance,” he said.

Olifantsfontein and Tembisa police station’s Communication Officers, Sgt Skoti and Cst Mgijima, Social Crime Prevention, Sgt Mudau, and Cst Makupya, GBV co-ordinator Sergeant Makgatho and Tembisa Sector 01 Manager, Sergeant Makwe, all partnered with Loke on summer tournament under sports against crime under his banner of Katleho Loke foundation. 

Medals being awarded

Four soccer teams competed against CFA Meadstream, Ngcobo FC, Naesma FC, and Sentimental FC. Naesma FC won a trophy, 20 gold medals, a soccer kit  branded Katleho Loke foundation, and 15 water squeeze bottles. Ngcobo FC from Clayville extension 29 became a second runner up and won 20 silver medals, a soccer ball, and 15 water squeeze bottles.

“I feel blessed and honoured; people came out in their numbers to support this wonderful event. The turnout was beautiful, and the community of Clayville and Thembisa, Winnie, Tswelopele, and Ebony park wanted more of this tournament,” said Loke.

I’m thinking of organising another one in December, but that will depend on whether we get a sponsor. I am currently doing it from my pocket, so I will appreciate it if sponsors can come on board,” he added.

 Loke, former Kaizer Chief player Aubrey Mothibe, Developmental Coach of amaTuks, Bashi Toketsi, and SAPS representatives handed over the prizes,  Sergeant Skoti, communications officer from Olifantsfontein police station, reminded the attendees about the importance of police presence at such events. “Soccer is the only language that brings people closer together, and even with this, we can beat crime together, ” she said.

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