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Community Blog: The “other” World Cup!

By Zaheer Cassim
June 10, 2010

 

SOCCER-WORLD/In townships throughout South Africa, young boys and girls first learn to play football in the streets. And as fans and footballers from across the globe gather here for the 2010 World Cup, the townships are also vying for the world’s attention.In Alexandra township, which stands across the motorway and the skyscrapers of its more glamorous cousin Sandton, this world cup promises to bring something positive to the community. 

Alex will be home to this years “other” World Cup. The tournament, which is known as Football for Hope, kicked off on Friday June 4 at Alexandra Stadium. This FIFA sponsored tournament will bring more than 250 boys and girls (between the ages of 12 to 17) from different countries and cultures into the heart of Alexandra.

The “other” World Cup has even inspired non-football followers to get involved. Ayanda Kunene (17) will be representing South Africa in this tournament. Although she is not an avid soccer player, being part of the “other” World Cup is great honour for her.  “Its not only about soccer, its about making friends, communicating and building relationships with people that you don’t know”, she said.

This blog was written by a community blogger  chosen  to write  on their community’s experience of the  World Cup.

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