With a defence as solid as a rock and an attack equally as fierce, Nyanga Local Football Association’s Phuhla Football Club are in search of their first ever appearance at the prestigious Bayhill under-19 Premier Cup.
Traditionally taking place over the Easter week, Bayhill is one of the biggest footballing platforms in the country’s finest young ballers.
During the first edition of the play-offs for the tournament, Phuhla pulled off a 4-2 penalty shootout win over Beautiful Gate FC, following a 1-1 draw at full time, at Solo Street in Steenberg, last month.
Under-18 coach, Xhanti Petsha said the football club is a beacon of talent hailing from New Crossroads. It has set its sight on the national competition stage.
“For me, when it comes to such tournaments, like the Bayhill or Engen, the ultimate goal is for the team to make it to the tournament and showcase their talents. If they can prove to themselves that they deserve to be there and are good enough, the rest is history,” he said.
Phuhla FC are preparing for their second showcase of the play-offs. They will play against Oasis FC, at Solo Street in Steenberg, on Sunday December 10.
“Our goal is getting these boys to play at the highest level. By winning games and getting to these tournaments, it gives them more opportunities. Our ultimate goal is grooming the boys,” he said.
During a Nyanga LFA clash at the Nyanga sports complex last Friday, Phuhla thumbed Wolves 9-0 to move to the top two of the log.
Petsha said they have now won eight and drew three out of 11 games.
But their vision extends far beyond the pitch; it’s about nurturing the future leaders of society through the power of sport.
“From my side, they understand what is required from them and they are committed to what we are trying to achieve as a team,” he said.