- Xolani Gomane is a 22-year-old football coach who already owns his own football club, German City FC
- He founded the team in 2017 to inspire youngsters in Daveyton to become footballers
- Although they’ve experienced some hardships, Gomane believes his team will one day achieve their dream of playing in the Premier Soccer League (PSL)
Xolani Gomane shared his touching story with Briefly.co.za, which details the formation of his own football club, German City FC.
At the tender age of 21, Gomane decided to start his own football club to give youngsters in his area a sense of purpose.
The young football coach completed his matric in 2016, but then founded German City a year later.
Hailing from the dusty streets in Daveyton, finances would always be a stumbling block, but German City was created from humble beginnings.
Gomane recalls how it all started with only seven players in the group.
He said, “I took the idea of opening a soccer club, but had no idea again on how and where to start. After two days there was a young boy who had a soccer ball, then I asked him and to come and borrow me a soccer ball, because I wanted to open a soccer club.”
Briefly.co.za understands it was tough going at first, as the team lost their opening friendlies.
Gomane was eventually able to connect with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Satellite in Thembisa, Winnie Mandela Primary school.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a humbling experience as the under 13's lost by 7 goals to 1 and the under 15 side lost by 8 goals to 1.
In 2018, Gomane took things to the next level and registered German City in their local league.
The growth is there for all to see as the club now boasts teams at under 13, 15 and 17 level.
The under-17 team ended the season with a respectable 12th place finish.
The young owner revealed that he one day hopes German City will reach the pinnacle of the PSL.
Gomane sent an encouraging message to the youth as he said, “When you're a person, don't allow people to control. Engage with your dreams because dreams are like a calling from your ancestors. So be brave, take chances, because you don't know the outcome.”
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