G Millionaire Football Club is a new team in the KwaZulu-Natal division of ABC Motsepe League, the third tier of South African football that was founded in 1998.
The club is based in rural uMzimkhulu.
With the support of local soccer enthusiasts and the ambitions of the founder and chairman, Bongani Gumede, they are looking to win many hearts with a good brand of football.
Corinth is in rural KZN, on the outskirts of Umzimkhulu in Harry Gwala District Municipality. Along the Umzimkhulu river, lies a bumpy football field that is not well manicured, in an area called Riverside.
Even though the playground is not in a good condition for proper football, the players are able to showcase glimpses of what they are made of.
Gumede believes that his newly-formed club will soon be a force to be reckoned within the South African football fraternity.
“A dream needs to be followed by action. Our dream is to do well in Nedbank Cup and we would like to see ourselves in the final of the tournament. We want to build the club to compete in bigger stages with the likes of Mamelodi Sundowns.”
The club will be playing in the ABC Motsepe League this season.
The chairman has roped in a new coach that has bought into his idea.
Coach Bonginkosi Kai-Kai Mhlungu says the team is keen to challenge for league honours.
“We are keen to challenge for the league honours and it is our objective to qualify for the NFD. After winning the league, it will be playoffs and then straight to NFD. The players we have at the moment are looking good and promising and are improving every day.”
Gumede is optimistic.
“We are giving ourselves two seasons in the lower tiers before playing in the top flight. We aim to showcase the kind of football that we saw in the likes of Jomo Sono, Scara and Doctor Khumalo.”
The club is still looking to strengthen the squad as it is busy conducting trials.
The players that are already part of the club are keen to help it flourish in the very near future. Player Simphiwe Dlamini hopes to help the team win the league.
“I hope with the experience I have of playing in the Motsepe League, I hope I will contribute well and help the team to win the league.”
Another player Phelelani Mkani says the team is aiming for provincial playoffs.
“We are aiming for the provincial playoffs, come the end of the season. We are working hard and we hope the coach will be helping us to prosper.”
The club’s first assignment of the season will be the Nedbank Cup playoffs in December.
The team is aiming for the stars like other minnows; the likes of TS Galaxy and the University of Pretoria, who made their names in the Nedbank Cup tournament. Only time will tell.
Assisting the needy
The new club’s ventures have already gone beyond soccer fields.
After hearing about the plight of a family of more than ten that share a single dilapidated house in the area, the team’s management delivered some food aid.
For the Vezi family, it is an early Christmas as they often go to sleep on empty stomachs.
Over the years, they have been surviving through the help of good samaritans.
The football club has also pledged to help the family in building new infrastructure.
With such deeds off the field, it remains to be seen what they are made of on the field of play.
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