AFC Lightning now have an international twin club - and one that we can be proud of being associated with.
We are delighted to announce our association with the Mofolo Knights - a club who are located in South Africa, in an area called Mshenguville, in a suburb of Soweto called Mofolo. They have an open team, an under 16, an under 14 and an under 12 team. Most of the youngsters come from the surrounding informal (wood and iron houses) neighbourhood as well as the surrounding formal (brick houses) neighbourhood.
Our contact on the ground is Soweto is Denis Creighton. He says the children play in a blue and white kit, but all the youngsters from the club have to share the one set and there is a huge need for boots.
The kids in Soweto and elsewhere are passionate about their soccer, which is the most-played sport in South Africa especially amongst the black population. Many of them support the big clubs in the UK such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and the like. The two big teams in Soweto are the Orlando Pirates and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Welcome to our friends in South Africa.
Mofolo Knights FC - Fact File
Locality: Mofolo in Soweto, Johannesburg.
Origins: The club has its roots in Zola (another Soweto suburb) dating back to the 1970s and relocated to Mofolo in 1994. It owes its new existence to Vusi Mnisi who is the current coach and manager. He was one of the players in the original Zola team.
Club facilities: The club is based at a gravel field situated in the informal settlement called Mshenguville, which is part of Mofolo. Many of the players come from the informal settlement, the others live in the surrounding formal houses. There is a high level of unemployment and poverty in the area, so the club has a constant struggle for funds. There is no club house or any other facilities.
Sponsorship: The travel and tour company, KDR Sports and Adventure Travel (Pty) Ltd, runs tours to Soweto under the brand www.soweto.co.za and has developed a close relationship with the residents of Mshenguville. In 2002 the company met Vusi and team captain Bukhosibakhe (Roger) Hlomuka and agreed to sponsor the club. Initially the sponsorship was in respect of the 'open' first team only, but this was extended to include the junior teams as well. The club now plays in blue and white strip with www.soweto.co.za emblazoned on the shirts. The logo is Ama Viyo Viyo - which means "The Warriors" - from the "Knights" in the name.
The teams: The club has approximately 100 players (20 open and 80 juniors) in teams in various local leagues:
Open (First) Team - Soweto Premier League,
Under 17 Team,
Under 14 Team,
Under 12 Team,
Under 10 Team.
Director and coach: Vusi Mnisi.
Assistant coach: Tshepo Mandla.
Manager and junior coach: Bukhosibakhe Hlomuka.
Needs and aspirations: Given the financial circumstances of the players and staff, there is an on-going need for funding for equipment and running expenses. KDR intends to continue its sponsorship, but being a small company this is limited.
The club has a goal to be promoted on a regular annual basis until it reaches the professional level.
Vusi Mnisi +27 (0) 766405748
Denis Creighton. +27 (0) 829000105 firstname.lastname@example.org