On Saturday, 16 September 2004 the Moroka Swallows Youth Development Under 13, 15 and 17 teams departed at 07h00 from the Germiston Football Soccer Club to play at a fund raising tournament at the Ipataleng Primary School, situated in Koppies, Free State.
This tournament was arranged by the school in Koppies to send their learners on an educational tour to Kwazulu-Natal.
The arrival at Koppies was a moment to be remembered. Thousands of people awaited the arrival of the Moroka Swallows teams. When the bus arrived at 09h30, with the teams, the excitement expressed by the residents of Koppies, was beyond written description. They lined the pavements of the streets and cheered and welcomed the teams with great enthusiasm.
At approximately 10h30 the teams were transported to the Sarel Cilliers Sports Grounds where some 3/4000 football supporters awaited the arrival of the visiting teams.
Once again, the welcome of the teams was overwhelming and the atmosphere was electrifying.
When the players emerged onto the field for their warm up, in full kit, the spectators went ballistic. This was a very emotional and hair raising experience for our teams. We were very proud and honoured to be a part of the Moroka Swallows Youth Development.
Swallows Under 13s dominated the game and at the end of the first half a 3-0 score was recorded. The second half bought about an even easier performance. Great skills, speed, direction and ball passing had the crowds cheering to a final score of 9-0.
The Under 15 team also displayed great skill and their performance was very good, despite the fact that their was not much opposition. They ended their game on a final score of 9-1. A lap of honour and standing ovation brought the game to an end.
Our PRO, Mr Sipho Xulu, addressd the crowd and was successful in promoting the Moroka Swallows brand-name and encouraged the start of a Supporters Club, among the Koppies fraternity.
After the break, the main game, comprising of the Under 17 team commenced. The over anxious spectators came onto the field to have a closer look at the team and the game.
The opposite side were well prepared and gave a good account of themselves in the early part of the game.
However, towards the end of the first half, a great one touch play on the ball, exploded in to the back of the opposing teams net. A minute later another goal put the score to 2-0 at the end of half time. The Koppies select team ran out to steam in the second half and our Under 17s relaxed after taking advantage of their comfortable 2-0 lead. They eventually concluded their game with a 3-0 win at the final blow of the whistle.
We allowed the crowds to take photographs with some of their selected favourite players. Moroka Swallows also donate 20 T-Shirts, 5 Brand soccer balls and 20 brand Swallows files to the Ipateleng Primary School.
The discipline of our three teams was phenomenal. They carried themselves with great pride and respect for the Moroka Swallows name.
This memorable and life fulfilling experience will always be remembered by our three teams. Contributions to such a worthwhile cause should be generated in the future to give Moroka Swallows Development teams more national exposure. Such Platforms for selling the Morka Swallows brand name should be encouraged and addressed further.
Special thanks and appreciation are attributed to the following, with whom this wonderful experience and life memorable event would not have been made possible:
The Principal, Staff, Learners and Parents of Ipateleng Primary School for affording us this wonderful opportunity and hospitality. We also take this opportunity to wish them the best of luck with all their endeavours in the future and especially their Education Tour to Kwazulu-Natal.
To the Mangers and Coaches of the Under 13,15 and 17 teams. Thanks, you guys were great.
To Sipho Xulu, PRO Moroka swallows, whose presence and expertise were welcomed and appreciated.
To Andries 'Chaka-Chaka' Mpondo of Moroka Swallows for his support, confidence, encouragement and guidance in promoting the development teams to such a level of experience. Furthermore, this tour would not have been made possible without your help.