Juniors make a name for themselves.
The Wits under-19 junior team has become the first Wits junior side to qualify for the South African Football Association’s Breweries (SAB) regional league.
The 10-year-old SAB regional league is a developmental league for under 21s and it involves 832 teams competing within their own regions. The Wits side will play in the Gauteng region in the 2019/2020 season.
The team qualified for the regional league after winning the Stream B division of the Soweto Football Association Premier League early in August.
Coach Mathew George said: “Although we did not plan to compete in the SAB League, it has been great to see how much they (the players) wanted it.”
George, who has coached the team for two years, said he was impressed by their growth during the past football season.
Captain Boitshoko Masitha told Wits Vuvuzela that qualifying to play in the SAB league is a new challenge for the team.
“It is a journey we are all ready to take and I believe we can do it again. After all, we are history makers,” the 19-year-old player said.
Masitha believes the team’s “brotherhood and hard work” are what secured them a spot to play in the league.
Despite having acquired three new players, George is confident the boys will thrive in the SAB league.
“They need to understand that they are competing in a high league this time around,” said George.
“I hope to achieve new strengths as I play a new position, and new qualities that can enhance my game,” he said.
The SAB regional league kicks off on September 5 and runs for eight months.
FEATURED IMAGE: The Wits under-19 junior squad. Photo: Provided.
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