Over the weekend, Madiba Youth Organisation has become the first South African league to cancel the rest of its season with Rolle Young Stars FC crowned Madiba Development Football U/15 Boys league champions.
The league’s Board of Directors held a conference call on Thursday where it was decided that the league should not resume
“The Board of Directors took note of the recommendations of the SAFA, FIFA and the government that it is highly unlikely that games with the public will be played at this juncture. The current situation also makes it very unclear whether and when a resumption of collective training courses can be foreseen at all,” the league said in a statement.
“Even if games behind closed doors could theoretically be possible, the additional pressure they place on health and order services should be avoided. Moreover, decisions by local authorities threaten to make a joint course of match days impossible.
“The Board of Directors has unanimously decided that it is not desirable to continue the competition after July 31. Given the above elements, the Board of Directors has formulated unanimous advice to the General Meeting not to resume the competitions of the season ’19 -’20 and to accept the current state of the Madiba Development Football U/15 Boys League as final classification.
The Coach of the Rolle Young Stars Football Club, Mr. Given David Mashaba said that “Today is one of the best days for me as a professional and after everything that happened, the three-month break, and it’s fantastic what’s been achieved.”
“It’s strange for everyone, we can’t control the situation. We would have loved to be with the supporters and other players, hopefully, that can happen further down the line but for a question of health it can’t. But I’m sure the supporters are happily celebrating at home.” He added
But the competition has now been decided on a point’s per-game basis, crowning Rolle Young Stars Football Club as champions.
The triumph comes a year on from the same age group missing out on the title after defeat on the final day of the season by Thulamahashe Sports Academy.
The Captain of the Rolle Young Stars FC, Believe Ndlovu “It’s great that we’re champions. I think we’ve had a very strong season and we played some really good football.
“Our coaches played a big part – developing us all as players. I was delighted to be the captain – to win the trophy was just a bonus. It was quite close at Christmas and we knew to give ourselves a chance we had to concentrate on ourselves and forget about everyone else and thankfully results went our way.” He added
The lads have been a credit to themselves and the football club. The way they applied themselves in training and in games will only serve them well going forward.
The Chairman of the league, Adam Sibuyi said, “The league has evidently grown in leaps and bounds since its inception some years ago. The development of football is absolutely exciting. Our aim is to change the current style of football in order to make it more entertaining.”
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