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10 schools participate in Futsal exhibition - The Swazi Observer
Sunday, 30 October 2011 23:42
futsalwireThe Swazi ObserverSOCCER-AT least 10 schools were part of the Futsal exhibition held at the Bosco Skills Centre in Manzini on Saturday. Futsal is soccer played on a smaller pitch indoors. Both boys and girls in schools mainly in Manzini including Salesian, Ngwane Park, ...

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 AT least 10 schools were part of the Futsal exhibition held at the Bosco Skills Centre in Manzini on Saturday.Futsal is soccer played on a smaller pitch indoors.

Both boys and girls in schools mainly in Manzini including Salesian, Ngwane Park, St Paul’s and Mjingo High Schools sweated it out with sheer commitment and passion on the hard court surface.

Big Bend based U-Tech boys had the last laugh in Group B as they finished on top with seven points while St John Bosco won all their games against the likes of Ngwane Park, Hillside and? Lobamba to top the Group A with 15 points.In the three female soccer sides that were part of the proceedings, Manzini based St Paul’s came out tops with six points ahead of Mjingo and Lobamba National High.Tournament’s director Boy ‘Bizzah’ Mkhonta dubbed the event a tremendous success.

He said it was put in place to prepare for the FUTSAL course scheduled for November 14-15 as well as the league which might be launched next year.“We had invited 17 schools to be part of the exhibition but were satisfied that at least 10 managed to come.

We will have a course for teachers and referees to prepare for the league, which were hoping to put in place next year.

The players and teachers have been impressed with what they have witnessed today (Saturday) and they are looking forward to the start of the league,” he said.Former Sihlangu stand-in coach Obed ‘Foreman Power’ Mlotsa was among the tournament officials.…Bring it on - players SOCCER- LOLAL players have declared that they are looking forward to the full implementation of Futsal soccer in local schools.Randomly interviewed after the Futsal exhibition at the Bosco Skills in Manzini on Saturday,? the learners felt indoor soccer was more enjoyable and pleaded with the local football mother body to quickly implement it.?This is what some of the players had to say: Simphiwe Mahlalela- Salesian High “Futsal soccer is a little bit challenging but enjoyable because there are no rough tackles.

I play for Manzini Wanderers juniors in normal football but I can only concentrate on Futsal if there can be more money.

“We hope it will be implemented next year.”?Sihle Mamba- Mjingo High captain “We just love Futsal soccer and the relevant authorities should just bring it on.? There are no off-sides which makes it more flexible as compared to normal football.

I play for Manzini Wanderers ladies but I feel indoor soccer is more enjoyable.

We cannot wait for the programme to be fully implemented.” FUTSAL soccer in a nutshell:n It is played on a smaller pitch? and mainly indoors n There are five players in each team, including the goalkeepern Maximum number of substitutes allowed? is sevenn A standard match is played for equal periods of 20 minutes n Players use shoes with rubber soles