For the first time in its history, Nancy Tweddle Foundation supported Rockafellas Football Club’s Under 18s team has taken part in a youth tournament in Africa.
In an exciting milestone for the club, the team qualified for the Under 19s premier Bayhill Cup 2019.
Described as the “most prestigious youth tournament” of its kind, the Under 18s team qualified after a fantastic performance in 2018, which saw them win all major cup awards, be named as the overall league winners and crowned as the champion of champions for their division.
Now Nino Solomons, one of the club’s managers, has revealed how the boys got on.
“Although the team did not make it into the knockout stages of the Bayhill Cup, the boys’ confidence grew throughout the tournament and their match skills developed further as they put into practice what they had learnt from each encounter.”
Of the three games they played in the first ended Beacon Spurs 4, Rockafellas 0; the second ended Bloemfontein Celtic 2, Rockafellas 1 – our boys secured the first match goal in the first 15 minutes; and in their final encounter drew 0-0 against PPG Langa, who went onto lift the plate section cup.
The boys were certainly proud ambassadors for Rockafellas and the Nancy Tweddle Foundation, and the hopes are that they continue to go from strength to strength, that the team will qualify for the Bayhill Cup 2020.
Tournament hopes for 2020
Nino said: “Still as a young team, between the ages of 16 and 18-years-old, they surely learned from their encounter in this prestigious tournament.”
“Our boys’ approach towards their second match was more confident and they implemented what they had learned from match one, and, in the final match, our boys were dominant and took charge of the match from kick-off until the end whistle.
They were heartbroken and sad to be knocked out.
But, as our first time ever at this No 1 soccer tournament for the African continent, I’m happy that the boys represented the club, Rocklands & Mitchells Plain, SAFA Cape Town and The Nancy Tweddle Foundation at such a prestigious youth event and for me, the club, our supporters and Nancy Tweddle, that’s good enough.”
“We learned and gained experience so I’m sure we should qualify for the 2020 event.”
A proud supporter of Rockafellas
Rockafellas, which consists of seven youth and three senior divisions, is just one of the community initiatives we’ve been a long term supporter of through the Nancy Tweddle Foundation.
It focuses on the area of Rocklands & Mitchells Plain, which is well known for its drug-related crime and considered one of the most underprivileged areas of the Cape Flats, where gangs and crime are prolific. The goal of the initiative is to use involvement in football, and the Rockafellas Club, to help children and young people distance themselves from gangs and drugs.
You can keep up-to-date with all our news, including Rockafellas’ progress, in our blog.