The Department of Sport Recreation Arts and Culture in the Eastern Cape has assisted BCM Stars FC with some logistics on their quest to gain promotion to the GladAfrica Championship.
The East London-based outfit will face Platinum City Rovers (North West) and The Dolphins FC (Limpopo) in the ABC Motsepe League national play-offs, which started today in Mpumalanga.
EC DSRAC MEC Fezeka Nkomonye told FARPost that it is the norm for them to assist teams when they represent the province.
“As is tradition, the Department has assisted the team with logistics such as (amongst other things) accommodation for the duration of the stay in the play-offs and transportation,” Nkomonye said.
Nkomonye is proud of BCM’s achievement as they are still a new club, formed in March this year and they are already representing the province on national level.
“This is not the first time a team from this province participates in the play-offs. This team is however unique in that even though it was established in March, it played very well in its first season and went on to win in the overall (there were different streams).”
“We wish them well and know that individually and collectively they are talented. They are now the pride of the Province and we want them to fly our flag very high.
“We expect BCM to come back victorious because more than the talented players the team has, they have very experienced members of their technical team.
“The likes of Tsepo Motsoaneng (coach) who assisted Pondo Chiefs in winning the play-offs last year and Wilfred Mugeyi,” added Nkomonye.
Nkomonye is also excited about the prospect of BCM winning play-offs as that will contribute on the province’s economic development, with other professional teams coming to play in East London.
“If they win the play-offs it would mean much more boost in the local economic development as we would have a team based in Gqeberha and one in East London.
“Sport Tourism would be on the rise as many teams will be hosted here in our metros,” concluded Nkomonye.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter