Eagle Wings soaring in soccer

Pictured at back, from left, are coach Torieq Salie, under-18 player Osman Sululu and manager Ralph Bezuidenhout. In front, are Mondry Hendricks, of Hillview, and Marseille Rasi and Abdush Serfortein with their awards.

Despite some challenges in its history, Eagle Wings Football Club in Steenberg has been soaring in their recent performances.

The club was started seven years ago by Deklan John but in 2015 he almost closed it due to a lack of support.

Fortunately, soccer lover Ralph Bezuidenhout stepped in and has managed to grow the “baby club” into a respected one.

Mr Bezuidenhout’s passion to help the children of Lavender Hill and Steenberg has paid off as the players’ improvement on the field started last year. This year the under-12s were runners-up in the Cape District League and won in the knockout.

The under-18s also won in the knockout and one of their players, Osman Sululu, recently took part in trials at Hellenic and was chosen to return for another round next week.

Despite the challenges Osman called the club his second home. “I always feel welcome here. I am also in a situation where I have to choose which sport to focus on,” said Osman, who is also doing well in rugby and cricket.

Mr Bezuidenhout said he believes in discipline. “If I tell the boys I will pick them up they must be ready by 7am,” he said.

The club practises on a small field at St Andrews Church, in Steenberg, and does not have any sponsorship for equipment or soccer boots.

Their annual awards will be held, at Coniston hall, on Friday November 16.