With the Engen Knockout Challenge starting with a bang both male and female teams got a chance to showcase their talent.
Tournament ambassador Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane watched with keen interest as some women’s teams were battling in the field of play.
Yeye told FARPost that the future is bright for the young women from the eight teams that participated on the first day, late last week.
“It is the most important one, as you know Banyana Banyana has been doing well for the past 10 years and they haven’t had a proper league,” said Letsholonyane.
“They have just played in those (lower) leagues but they have been doing well. So they deserve a well structured league, they deserve a well structured tournament, to showcase their talent.
“We know that we have talented young women out there but we don’t see them because they don’t play anywhere other than those who play in the Hollywoodbets Super League.”
He continued: “This tournament is giving them an opportunity to be seen, it will give them an opportunity to showcase their talent. Who knows, a few of them might represent Banyana Banyana in the future.”
“My message to them is just to go out there and have fun and enjoy what they do. Do it with passion and no pressure or whatsoever.
“I know maybe the coaches will push them to win at all costs. I don’t think it should be win at all costs, I think it is their development first and the results will come after.”
Letsholonyane added: “They must just go there and showcase their talent, you might not know who is watching at the day and if they do things properly and with passion, anything else will follow.”
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter