Raw and exciting talent was on display during the just ended Orange Youth Cup which was held in Selibe Phikwe last weekend. The tournament which pitted 12 regions saw youngsters under the age of 12 displaying best football skills and an amazing understanding of the game.
Selebi Phikwe region emerged winners after piping Tswapong through two quick second half goals after the two sides went to the break with a nil-nil score line. The game started at a very high pace with the home team pilling pressure on their opponents. Phikwe attackers were too skillful and slippery for Tswapong defenders. They were denied goals on several occasions by the Tswapong side’s impressive keeper. In the second half Phikwe youngsters continued where they have left off scoring two quick goals. They put the game beyond Tswapong’s reach by scoring the third goal in the last quarter of the match to ensure an emphatic victory.
In the loser’s final Chobe and Molepolole regions slugged it out for the third position. Molepolole who had skillful players were thwarted by the physical strong Chobe players. In the dying minutes of the game, boys from the north scored a winning goal.
One of games organizers Sakaeyo Jane expressed happiness at the way the tournament progressed.
“I’m very happy because the tournament went very well. I should really thank all the teachers who have done a sterling job to prepare these young boys for this important tournament,” he said.
Jane said their intention is to establish youth leagues in the country’s regions which are currently only found in Gaborone, Francistown and Lobatse.
“We also want to make it a point that next year no player would be playing barefoot, we have to find soccer boots for these youngsters,” he said.
Orange youth cup is the brainchild of the Voice newspaper and was taken by Orange seven years ago.