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Coach's Plea: Please Save My Club

A mentor in the lower division of SA football has conveyed a frantic SOS in a bid salvage his club from going under. 

Richard Ayensu, mentor of ABC Motsepe League side Mbekweni Sundowns in the Western Cape, has told the Siya team that the club, which is a mainstay of the Mbekweni municipality, needs assistance! 

"This club creates players in our space," Ayensu, who has forfeited his time and cash to ensure the group goes the extent that it has, disclosed to Soccer Laduma. 

"At the point when I showed up, the club was battling no doubt and the proprietors were (and still are) running the club from their own pocket. I have come in as an accomplice also. It's difficult. We made them store from Lotto previously, yet after that there has been nothing. Every one of the patrons pulled out, and I have been here four years now – all that we do comes from our own pocket. It can't be simple." 

In the third level of SA football, where there are 16 groups each from nine territories fighting for the two spots to get into proficient football, the yearly award from SAFA is just R30 000, which the clubs, frequently, have groaned that it shows up in dribbles and drabs or doesn't show up by any means. 

"This group has a great deal of craving and energy. We won advancement before Covid, through intervention – playing three games in a single day to move to the ABC Motsepe League. Yet, as you probably are aware, we haven't played football in the Western Cape in light of the pandemic. It's feverish," Ayensu clarified. 

"We have no support. We can begin any time from now, yet we don't have anything by any stretch of the imagination – no soccer balls, old tracksuits from Lotto, no unit and we are utilizing a pack we got when SAB were all the while supporting the lower associations. Thus, anybody that will come help, kindly save my club. A gift, or something. In the event that this doesn't occur, we should continue to run the club along these lines, yet we will not endure. I'm a dad and a portion of these children have difficulties at home, it's difficult. We don't have the means for the movement, the entryway expenses and arbitrator charges." 

The mentor's greatest concern is the local area. 

"What befalls our U12 group and ladies' group? We have enormous organizations around here, however none of them are coming here. I feel the aggravation. I came from Ghana to help create and give my insight as an ex-player locally. Yet, there is no assistance, the ability is there," he told the Siya group.

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