“Football in developed areas is superior than in townships”- Cesane Twins.
You’re better off playing your football in suburbs than in the township – that’s according to Cape Town Roses twins, Noxolo and Sinoxolo Cesane. The sisters believe there is a lack of respect and commitment when playing for a township team, even with a strict coach like Xolile Madikane of Roses. The twins who have been at Roses since they were nine, after former Banyana Banyana coach Joseph Mkhonza, were recently admitted to the High Performance Center in Pretoria where they have started to flourish. The twins argue that even with a no-nonsense coach such as Madikane, who was recently crowned as the coach of the year at the SAFA Cape Town Awards, it is better to leave the township because of all the social ills there.
“There’s a lot of (negative) peer pressure, there is also a lot underage drinking. Most kids in townships don’t even care what kind of future they would like to have, unlike someone from a place like HPC. When you play in the township you are not exposed to opportunities. You don’t even become confident, your self-esteem is affected by what happens around you,” she tells.
The HPC has housed Banyana Banyana players such as Nothando Vilakazi, Busisiwe Ndimeni, Amogelang Motau and current national Under-20 captain, Linda Motlhalo. However, there is only one HPC that focuses on women’s football in the country which leaves scores of deserving players out on the dusty fields. Sinoxolo is one of the lucky few and says because they are kept on the straight and narrow at the HPC, access to opportunities and growth is inevitable.
But even under the most trying of township circumstances, Madikane is achieving some success and the twins are quick to point that out. Even though Madikane cannot monitor the players all the time, the 17-year-old admits that his strictness at Roses has given them a solid foundation for future success at places like the HPC.
“We work together. There isn’t any individuality in the team. The coach even gives some of the players taxi fare to come to training. As you can see we are strong and fit. We can run the whole field, that’s how hard we work” she says.
The two believe that Madikane would be an asset in the national structures. Thembeka Magxidolo, Andisiwe Mgcoyi, Sibongiseni Khamlana, Unathi Booi and current under-19 Western Cape coach, Priscilla Koti, who have represented the country in different divisions, have all passed through Madikane’s hands.