Energetic elders desperately need soccer boots in the east

Senior citizens kicking a ball with running shoes.

Training their ailments away is not a problem for the members of the Shonisani Football Club in Mamelodi West.

But the senior citizens complained this week that the only thing they still needed was soccer boots.

“The soccer boots will sharpen our dribbling skills and kicking long distance shots,” said founder of the club Gogo Sarah Shonisani.

“Most of the senior citizens kick the ball with running shoes and often get hurt every time they kick the ball.”

Shonisani (65) of Section B3 said sport was not only for the young.

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Usually senior citizens find themselves visiting hospitals and clinics complaining about body aches and pains, blood sugar and high blood pressure.

Playing soccer as exercise have helped to alleviate many of the members’ health problems.

“Most of the players who joined the team are no longer complaining about body aches and they feel healthy and strong,” she said.

Shonisani used to have high blood pressure and perspired a lot, but since she started training she felt healthy and did not need to go see her doctor often.

Their passion to play soccer has grown – all they need now is soccer boots to comfortably kick the ball around.

“The team resumed training earlier this year at the Muckleneuk sports grounds, but we are losing players almost every week because the players can’t afford to buy soccer boots with their social grant money,” she said.

She encouraged senior citizens from Nellmapius and Eersterust to start their own teams so they could compete with each other.

The Shonisani Football club is for senior citizens aged 50 and older.

“Training runs from 08:30 to 10:00 from Mondays to Wednesdays,” she said.

If you want to join the team contact Sarah Shonisani on 083-329-5134.

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Stephen Selaluke
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