The Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge doesn’t only give aspirating professional footballers an opportunity to shine and unearth talent.
This is a tournament – in its 17th edition, that also afford passionate upcoming football commentators a platform to narrate the beautiful game to thousands of football loving fans who pack the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto for real entertaining football.
Pule Masiteng, who hails from the Vaal in Sebokeng Zone 8, is grateful to have been granted the opportunity to commentate at the tournament in his mother tongue, Sesotho.
“The tournament is marvellous so far, the spectators come out in large numbers, what I like about the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge is that it is consistent, the professionalism and the opportunity given out, especially us the commentators and the players as well,” noted Masiteng.
The 29-year-old was full of praise for Phil Mogodi, the Johannesburg region president of SA Football Association and the former Vaal, Sedibeng Safa President, Mondli Nkosi.
“Nkosi told me about the competition in Soweto Discovery Challenge so I decided to come and do my stuff. I met with Mr Phil Mogodi, he is the one who gave me the opportunity as well as Nyakallo Leine known as Ba2Cada from Lesedi FM to commentate at the tournament,” he said.
Masiteng who started commenting back in 2003 was inspired by his late grandfather Hlapane ‘Hlaps’ Masitenyane who used to do football commentary for Radio Sesotho, now known as Lesedi FM and later joined SABC television commentary back in the 1980s alongside the likes of Zama Masondo
“I started commentary in 2003 in Sebokeng during a football competition. It’s been a while. My late grandfather Ntate Hlapane Masitenyane is the reason I started commentary, he is the one who inspired me to commentate.”
The Sebokeng-born commentator has been part of the Discovery Challenge commentary team since 2015. He is hopeful that his big break will come soon.
“Everything has its own time, God will eventually grant me the opportunity. The only thing I have to do is to keep on pushing until I make it,” concluded Masiteng.
Other upcoming commentators at the 2019 Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge include: Bonginkosi Sandile, a 25-year-old IsiZulu commentator from Orange Farm who started his journey five years ago during local games around Orange Farm.
Hleza Mathebula, 28, who is in his third year at the tournament and Nkosinathi Maduna, who is making his debut, are part of the commentary team.
To stay updated on the tournament, follow Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge 2019 on Facebook and use the hashtag #DWSSC19 across platforms to follow all the action.
Gates will open at 9am daily and entry is free.