Homegrown soccer team on the ball

BRAND NEW: Samantha (left) and Glen Jonkers (right) with some of the team members in their new sponsored soccer kit.

WIFE and husband, Samantha and Glen Jonkers of Little Germiston started a soccer team in 2013 for boys younger than 16.

Their idea was to keep the boys busy and to keep them away from mischief and substance abuse which is rapidly spreading in Eden Park.

In the past four years the team has faced turbulent times. At first they had to borrow kits whenever they played. After two years the couple bought new kits with their own funds.

“The team is becoming well established. We have been blessed with sponsorship of a new soccer kit. On behalf of the team I want to thank Thabang Kgomo from the construction company, Sungusungu for sponsoring our new soccer kit which has brought so much joy to the team,” said Glen.

The team presently holds second position in the junior soccer league and will start playing in the senior league towards the end of the year when the new season starts.

“We are very proud of our players who have become very disciplined and very professional. We were approached by a team named African Warrior FC who showed interest in one of our 18-year-old players. We released him and he is now playing for that team.

“One other factor that makes us proud of our boys, is that even academically they are all doing well. Not one player has failed a grade in the past four years. I make sure that their school work is done and up to date and this makes their parents happy,” said Glen.

He further explained that the new sponsor has promised the team a set of new tracksuits which will be delivered soon.

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Saul Thloloe

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