The Lesedi Strikers is a story of hope and a future for young women in the township of Mabopane, South Africa. Using the power of sport to attract vulnerable teenagers, we proactively intervene in their lives—equipping them with vital life skills to develop their personality and character, and presenting life-changing opportunities in professional soccer.
The Lesedi Strikers ladies soccer team consists of 30 young women, between 15-25 years old, and plays in a semi-professional third league with the dream of reaching a professional premier league level. Our licensed and experienced coach - Nhlanhla Maseko, AKA Coach Fire - conducts 3 trainings per week, which include Life Skills coaching, and the team plays 4 matches per month and 22 league games per season
A special thanks to our loyal supporters at Rays of Hope for sponsoring the Lesedi Strikers girls soccer team!
- Tiisetso Makhubela played her way to the national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, including World Cup 2019.
- Two young women from Lesedi Strikers trained to receive their CAF A coach licenses, and now coach local informal teams in Mabopane on Saturdays.
- In 2016, three of our players received scholarships to three different universities for the 2017 season.
- 0% teenage pregnancy
- 0% high school drop outs
- 0% substance addiction
- HIV/AIDS & TB awareness
- Improved confidence