JOHANNESBURG – The University of Johannesburg (UJ) hosted the Sello Mokoena Memorial Tournament (SMMT) on Sunday at the University’s Auckland Park Bunting (APB) road campus sports fields.
The late Mokoena was a women’s football coach at University level. As such, the initiative to commemorate his passing was a tribute from friends, family and former colleagues to honour his contributions to women’s football.
More so, the tournament organizer and close friend of the late coach, Sylvia Kabane, described Mokoena as someone who was very keen on women sports and empowerment.
“Sello was very influential in women’s football; most national players come from through his hands,” she said.
Apart from UJ, other universities such as Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the North West University (NWU) in Vaal, the University of Pretoria (Tuks) and the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) also graced the tournament.
Out of the six universities that were invited to participate in the tournament, only five made it to the game.
This follows the Vaal University of Technology (VUT), which was absent for the tournament due to protests happening in the institution. As a result, the TUT team was split into two to accommodate the absence of VUT.
“I was asked to bring two teams into the tournament because VUT couldn’t make it to the game because of the strike happening there,” said Tebogo Mokae, the TUT coach.
All the teams showed enthusiasm in competing for the title as it was reflected through the performance shown on the field.
All the same, there can only be one champion at the end of the day and the TUT 1 team was crowned the champion of the SMMT tournament.
TUT 1 made it into the final after topping group A with goal difference ahead of UJ.
On the other hand, TUT 2 also claimed a spot in the final after topping group B which featured Wits and Tuks. Mokoena’s mother was happy with the results as it was the biggest honour to her son. “I’m glad that the cup goes to the first team that Sello started his coaching career at,” said Mrs. Mokoena.
Nonetheless, UJ lost the title, but the institution’s Nicolene Michael and Dineo Magaula were recognized for outstanding performances.
Michael scored five goals for UJ whilst Magaula was awarded a price for goalkeeper of the tournament.
Players left their commemoration messages and autographs on the flag poster of their late coach.
Below is what some of the players had to say.“I know for sure that your soul is resting in peace in the heavenly realm. Till we meet again coach. You have left a legacy that we all will forever cherish. I Love You, Coach,” wrote Rachel Raesetja Sebati.
“To coach Selo’s family, you have all my love and praying . . . Selo has left a legacy we should be proud of. May his soul RIP,” wrote Thalea Smidt.
Group standings for the tournament
Team P W D L GF GA GD P
1 TUT PTA 2 1 1 0 6 3 3 4
2 UJ 2 1 1 0 6 4 2 4
3 NWU Vaal 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 0
Team P W D L GF GA GD P
1 TUT PTA 2 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
2 TUKS 2 1 0 1 3 2 1 3
3 WITS 2 0 1 1 1 3 -2 1
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