Football club reunites

The original team of Reeds United Football Club in 1968.

Members of Reeds United Football Club gathered at Portland Indoor sports centre to reunite and plan ahead, after not having seen each other for decades.

The club was started in District Six in 1968 and members were moved to different areas following their forced removal under the apartheid regime almost 20 years later.

Next year the club will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

At the reunion, member Achmat Williams, said: “The club was formed in the year when political unrest was at its peak, which saw people across the spectrum stand up against the injustice of apartheid.”

Players were moved to areas, including Mitchell’s Plain, Langa and Bonteheuwel.

Egshan January, founder member, said they had formed part of a Sunday League and that many members joined professional clubs.

They now would like to start a junior team to keep youth off the streets. Recently they started meeting at Rondebosch Common for a 5km walk every Sunday at 6am.

They are inviting family members and anyone interested in wanting to make a difference to join them. Call Mr January on 082 748 9011.