The same can be said about the Emfuleni Local Football Association, taking into consideration that the teams seem more interested in playing these tournaments compared to the league. This was evident when TOUCHLINE looked at the number of the teams that played at the MCS Sedibeng Youth Tournament under way at the Shakespeare Stadium. More than 25 u/13, u/15 and u/17 teams are taking part in this youth tournament.
This contrasts with the number of teams that play in the league. When these junior soccer teams play league games there are no official referees. They appoint someone from the street to come and officiate their games, however, it is not the case when it comes to these tournaments. They organise qualified match officials to officiate these junior tournament games and it motivates these youngsters to see official referees. <
Again, the very same tournament attracted scouts from PSL developments but the same is not happening with the league games.These youngsters must be challenged, appreciated and their talent must be acknowledged at a young age. In the past TOUCHLINE used to blame tournament organisers but it is Emfuleni Local Football Association’s (ELFA) responsibility to try and bring these tournaments under their structure.
It is high time people who run football in this region swallow their pride for the sake of these youngsters. For example, PSL development scouts and coaches always attend these tournaments to scout talent. TOUCHLINE challenges the Emfuleni Local Foootball Association (ELFA) executive committee under the leadership of Mondli Nkosi to look into this matter and formalise these tournaments.