Platinum Stars’ football and education policy received a massive boost after eight players shone during their matric year.
First team players – Kobamelo Kodisang and Charles Baloyi, together with six MultiChoice Diski Challenge players – Thembelani Matlawe, Letlhogonolo Mokgatlhe, Thato Ramafsi, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Mohau Tonyane and Pontsho Basiame managed to pass their matric in 2016.
Elated Dikwena MDC coach Keleabetswe Jusca Diale tells Platinumstars.com that the excellence of these players in the classroom attests to the club’s commitment towards promotion of sports and education.
“We are very proud of the boys. We are also grateful because education and sport is one of our pillars. We encourage our players to get educated. If they were able to balance education and sports, it shows that we are heading in the right direction. It’s good that they were able to absorb the pressure of playing and studying at the same time,” said Diale.
Diale reveals that the club is always willing to throw its weight behind players in pursuit of their academic goals. Diale says players were given days off towards the end of the year in preparation for the exams.
“The last three games we gave the matriculants off so that they study. They listened and respected the time that was given to them. If they were able to do that at home on their own, it shows that discipline is there,” said Diale, who added that the club was concerned with holistic development of players.
“We are not only developing footballers. We are also developing a complete human being. If even if they don’t make it in football they know they have something to fall back on. They may not all make a living out of football so we also support them educationally, I think it is something better.”
Diale says the club would encourage the players to further empower themselves academically.
“They must know that this is not the end. We are still going to encourage them to study further. We believe that education is key. We will do everything possible to make sure that we give them necessary support,” said Diale.
Diale and her players will take on Bidvest Wits in the MDC encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Sport Palace on Sunday, January 15. Diale wants her side to get off to a good start this year.
“We want to win and set the tone for this year. We thought we would finish on a high but we didn’t. Now we want to start the year on high. We need support from our people. We encourage them to come and support their children, relatives, friends, and neighbors and so on,” said Diale.
Kickoff is at 12pm.