An exhibition match between Jacaranda FM
ALL STARS and PEACE LOVERS FC took place after they handed over a new kit to the team.
The day was created to inspire these young players by connecting them to professionals from all realms of the soccer ecosystem.
The match took place during a live broadcast of Breakfast With Martin Bester
between 06:00 and 09:00, where the Peace Lovers Football Club, a community club for high school boys in Kya Sands, faced off against the Jacaranda FM
ALL STAR soccer team.
The station says that it invited some of Mzansi's greatest football stars to inspire and play with the boys. These included:
- Moroka Swallows legend Lefa Tsutsulupa
- Bafana Bafana legend Matthew Booth
- assistant coach to Sekhukune United Thabang Senong, and
- Kaizer Chiefs FC corporate communications manager 'Vina' Maphosa.
"We were so inspired and impressed by the Peace Lovers FC members who visited the Jacaranda FM
studio for Good Morning Angels
earlier in 2022. These boys come from the poorest of the poor backgrounds but have decided to change their destiny. They have a passion to learn, and be healthy and found a couple in their community, who were willing to help them create their football club," says Martin Bester, host of Breakfast with Martin Bester and Good Morning Angels on Jacaranda FM
"With no resources but a drive for a better future, they approached Jacaranda FM's Good Morning Angels
. What better way to introduce the Peace Lover's FC to our listeners, than in their new Good Morning Angels
sponsored kit," adds Bester.
The station says that in true Good Morning Angels
style, the attendance of the soccer legends was a surprise for the boys.
"More than financial and material help, we want to connect these young boys with professionals to highlight the various professions they can pursue within their passion for soccer," says Bester.
In April, Good Morning Angels
responded to the Peace Lovers FC's request for assistance and pledged to design and made a kit for the team, according to their design and colour specifications, as well as soccer boots and other necessities.
Individuals can watch this on-air moment unfold as Matthew Booth sends the Peace Lovers FC a special message of encouragement when the youth club was first invited onto Breakfast with Martin Bester
to surprise them with the news. After the broadcast, a sporting apparel company, Admiral, also came on board with a training kit.
The Peace Lovers FC wore their brand new kit for the first time to play the exhibition match. The legends also assisted them with tips and tricks for training, using their brand-new training equipment, balls, bibs and other extras.Good Morning Angels
contributed a R10 000 donation to assist with tournament fees, transport and healthy snacks for the team. About The Peace Lovers Football Club
The Peace Lovers Football Club is a community football club from Kya Sands, managed and trained by local residents Kamogelo Mojela and Tshidi Mothiba. Mojela works as a cleaner in an office block and her husband, Mothiba, is a self-employed electrician, but they say their passion is the children in the community and soccer.
"Our team is made up of 14 to 20 high school boys who live around Kya Sands. These boys do not want to get involved in gangs and drugs. We live next to our community soccer field and the boys came to us and said they rather wanted to play soccer. That's how the Peace Lovers FC started," says Mojela.
"All of us love soccer and our main aim is for the boys to have fun while being safe and healthy. But, we also teach them skills like communication, teamwork, discipline and timekeeping," adds Mojela.
Mojela concludes that she is very proud of the boys and what they have achieved with the little they have. Now, they are ready to play in local community tournaments, which requires more than commitment — they need a financial boost.
That's why Kamogelo wrote to Good Morning Angels
, to ask for assistance with the basics (a team kit, soccer boots, a few balls and a first aid kit) to get this team of young soccer players, to the next level.
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