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Premier Futsal League Teams

Team: Carltonville Athletic

Team Captain: Eric Ofori (26)

Carrying the flag for the team that draws its name from one of the most well-known gold mining towns in the world, is Eric Ofori.

Ofori, who hails from Ghana, made South Africa his home in 2012 when he joined the Bloemfontein Celtic Development Squad.

He was introduced to futsal two years ago when he moved to Soweto.

"The expansion of the Premier Futsal League has given me a great opportunity to spread my wings."

Advice: "If you're looking for someone to make your dreams come true, look in the mirror. You must be your own go-to guy."


Team: Durban United

Team Captain: Thamsanqa Tibe (35)

Tibe has been around the block when it comes to football, having played for Black Leopards and Dynamos.

But when it comes to futsal, he's still a youngster. "I only got involved in futsal at the beginning of the year," he says. "But I'm loving every second. And in futsal, every second counts. The pace of the game and the skills required is awesome.

"I urge every youngster out there to start playing. It will change your life."

Advice: "The key to success is discipline."


Team: Kimberley Palace

Team Captain: Siphiwe Jumba (21)

One of the youngest captains in the PFL, Jumba sees futsal as a way of improving his skills in order to reach the top flight.

"Every youngster out there dreams of being a professional footballer. My dreams are coming true, thanks to the PFL."

Advice: "There are many opportunities in life. You have to be alert and when they come knocking, open the door."


Team: Maboneng City

Team Captain: Henry Mathekga (30)

Mathekga was introduced to futsal by the PFL's scouting legend Lucas Mhoni.

"For me, the PFL is a dream come true," says the enigmatic Mathekga.

He grew up in Soweto where he eventually took to the field for the famous Soweto Panthers. But it was at the Orlando Community Centre where he discovered futsal, and fell in love with the faster, sharper version of The Beautiful Game.

Advice: "Patience and hard work is always rewarded. Enjoy every moment of the journey called life."


Team: Muizenberg Red

Team Captain: Simanga Tshabalala (30)

He never made it to the big time, says Tshabalala with a smile, "not until now anyway, because it is only with the PFL that I have eventually become a professional footballer".

He started playing futsal more than a decade ago and has represented South Africa on national level, participating in the World Cup Qualifiers in Tunisia.

"Futsal has been a very important part of my life for a long time and I am extremely grateful to be in a position where I'm earning a living through my passion."

Advice: "Stay humble. Nobody will ever be bigger than any sport."


Team: Polokwane Rovers

Team Captain: Cyprian "Raul" Khambule (25)

Although he looks like Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany's twin brother, he is called Raul because "like the Spanish striker, I am an expert at scoring goals".

Khambule was on loan to Highlands Park when this team was promoted to the PSL from the NFD.

Advice: "The character trait all successful people share, is discipline. Live a disciplined life and you will excel."


Team: Soweto Blues

Team Captain: Jabulani Mnisi (27)

Having played in Futsal tournaments in Dubai, Brazil and Thailand, Mnisi oozes confidence – and deservedly so.

He was first introduced to Futsal in 2006 and has been a member of the National Futsal Team. Like all his colleagues, he dreams of playing in the Futsal World Cup.

Advice: "To be successful, you must do what you love and remain dedicated, especially through the difficult times."


Team: Toti Gunners

Team Captain: Mpho "Jomo" Mkwanazi (31)

Mkwanazi has played in – and won - Futsal tournaments in Ghana, Tunisia, Morocco and Argentina.

A veteran of the National Futsal Team, he hails the new Premier Futsal League as the most important development in the sport in the last decade or more. "The PFL will go from strength to strength and contribute to making Futsal the biggest sport in the country."

Advice: "Follow your heart, because while people may lie to you, your heart is always honest."


Team: Tshwane Spurs

Team Captain: Mthuthuzeli Nozibele (28)

A veteran of the Vodacom League, Nozibele was also introduced to futsal by PFL scout Lucas Mhoni.

Three years ago, I fell in love. Not with a woman, but with futsal," jokes Nozibele, who took the scenic route to get to the PFL, having played soccer in Limpopo, Cape Town and Pretoria.

"I loved my time in Pretoria and I think it's quite fitting that I ended up playing for Tshwane Spurs."

Advice: "It's not a dream. It's a destination and the sooner you start the journey, the better."


Team: West Belville Albion

Team Captain: Tebogo Kukama (29)

Kukama has played with the big boys, facing up to Kaizer Chiefs in the Nedbank Cup while playing for FC Buffalo in East London.

A veteran of the NFD, he has found a new life in futsal, and loving every moment.

"My only regret is that I didn't play futsal all my life. I love it."

Advice: "Take responsibility for your decisions. Choose your friends and wisely and know that with the grace of God, everything is possible."