Photos: Football talent of the highest order at BGC Games finals in Ikageng

Former PSL player, Bongani Cashibe’s initiative for an annual soccer tournament in Ikageng and Promosa was one of the highlights of the sporting festive season in the Potchefstroom area.
The second annual BGC Games saw numerous teams competing for the top prize on the final day of the tournament at Ikageng Stadium on Saturday, 30 December 2017.The big winners of the event were Indemnity FC, which outlasted all comers in the two-week long tournament to bag R 20 000 in prize money and a spanking new trophy.
Indemnity FC beat Ikageng Cosmos in the final and deserved to take home the first prize after a consistent tournament. Earlier on in the day, a number of matches were played as curtain raisers for the big finale and a mix of youth and experience took to the field in various exciting matches. The first game saw Jomo Cosmos Juniors go down to the Academy team by 3–2. It was a pulsating game between these young teams as the energy and excitement were at fever pitch.

Youngsters like Kabelo Majoe, Motheo Mothibedi and young Sibusiso ‘Villa’ Nzeke showcased their talent with Nzeke taking home the Player of the Match Award. Nzeke was given a new school bag, school shoes and soccer boots for his efforts.

‘It is all about giving back to the community and inspiring the youngsters to continue using their talents on the field,’ said the tournament coordinator, Thato Masitenyane. In addition to the youngsters making hay while the sun shone, the experienced heads also unveiled their tact and acumen on the pitch. The Sedibeng Vaal Masters and Ikageng Masters were embroiled in an exciting encounter with the X Pros team consisting of former PSL professional footballers taking on the BGC XI (consisting of the best players of the tournament).

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Cashibe captained the X Pros team that included former stars like Thabiso Rammile (Sundowns and Bafana Bafana), Lucky Qaba (Sundowns), Junior Sono (Cosmos), Josta Dladla (Chiefs and Sundowns), Gert Schalkwyk (Kaizer Chiefs) and Bazooka McKenzie (Former Qwa Qwa Stars and Tembisa Classic). Overall, Cashibe and Masitenyane were pleased with how the tournament has grown in stature and are buoyant to continue building on their success each year.

Photos: Wouter Pienaar

‘This is a fantastic tournament that invites the community to participate in the sport. There are a lot of rewards and there is nothing better than to identify young talent and give them a platform for their talent. All glory goes to the Lord Almighty for His blessings and strength during the tournament,’ added Masitenyane.

The organising committee of BGC Games would like to thank J.B. Marks Local Municipality office of MMC Moeder Mokae of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture with the facilities. They would also like to extend their thanks to the Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality office of the youth coordinator Moeder Ketshabile, Kgotso Moate, Letlama Baepi and Tshepo Kalanko. A hearty thank you was also reserved for Student Palace (catering) and Jimmy’s Internet Café (flyers and banners).


Wouter Pienaar
Sport Journalist

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