After visiting the Zola Sports Facility in July as part of the Toyota Hearts on Sleeve Initiative, Kaizer Chiefs recently welcomed Alex Royal Tigers to the KC Village for a coaching clinic.

Since the soccer club was founded by Thembinkosi ‘Tiger’ Matholengwe, Alex Royal Tigers has been taking boys and girls off the streets, away from the many social issues that plague Alexandra Township.

“My goal is to develop better men and professional footballers within the Alex community. Football goes beyond the field; it shapes individuals’ character and values. I believe that by providing coaching, mentorship, and guidance, I can help these young boys not only become skilled players but also grow into responsible, confident, and respectful individuals,” says Thembinkosi ‘Tiger’ Matholengwe.

Alex Royal Tigers encourages the youth to take their schoolwork seriously and has sessions where they help them do their homework, study, and learn together. They currently have three boys they’ve sent for studies at Boston City College and others studying at Wits and UJ.

“The Heart on Sleeve initiative that we do with Toyota South Africa (TSAM) is very important, because it’s about us connecting with our communities. We feel it’s our responsibility to come in as a Club and make a difference, and also support the leaders and the people who are contributing towards uplifting our communities and making their lives better.” – Jessica Motaung, Kaizer Chiefs Marketing and Commercial Director.

Jessica added that “We are also thankful to Toyota South Africa for partnering with us in this initiative as we saw how inspired the boys were after meeting and training with their heroes. We wish Alex Royal Tigers well and hope to see some of their players showcasing their talent professionally in the near future.

To support Alex Royal Tigers, TSAM gifted them with kits, balls, and equipment for all their teams. The sky remains the limit for Alex Royal Tigers despite the obstacles they face. Hopes remain high, to one day see a product of the club run out at FNB Stadium in an Amakhosi jersey.


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