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Carol spreads her soccer charms and rolls La Liga style

By Sibabalwe Bingwa | 2016-12-01 12:02:41.0

Carol Tshabalala's star as the first lady of South African soccer is on the rise.

She will be hosting the first La Liga activation in the country as her work continues to be recognised globally and she earns credibility in the sporting fraternity.

Last week, Sowetan reported she was one of the panelists at the English Premier League build-up show to the match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea with broadcasting giants Darren Bent and Matthew Upson.

At the weekend Tshabalala will be one of the main attractions as the Spanish league takes over Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton to flight what is touted as the city's largest ever live viewing of El Clasico on Saturday afternoon.

Fans will also meet soccer legend Christian Karembeu who is La Liga's African ambassador.

Karembeu is a former France and Real Madrid midfielder. He was part of the French national team that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 Uefa European championship. He was also part of the Real Madrid side that lifted the 1998 and 2000 Uefa Champions League trophies.

"Its an honour for me to represent La Liga in Africa, and to help and collaborate in the expansion that has been happening for many years, bringing it closer to fans the world over," Karembeu said.

"La Liga are aware of the support, from all the fans in this country ... We are working to increase La Liga's profile and they are all part of that."

La Liga is the premier soccer league of Spain and has offices in India, US, Dubai, Nigeria, China and now South Africa.

Tshabalala remarked that La Liga had a big following on the African continent and that she was excited about the Spanish invasion.

She said she was looking forward to having a conversation with Karembeu.

"I've worked with him across the globe before and I'm looking forward to having a talk with him about the growth of La Liga on South African soil. I love Africa, for me it's always going to be home."

On Saturday at 9am Karembeu will conduct an outreach project in Alexandra interacting with grassroots footballers at 3 Square Sports Complex on 13th Avenue.

The screening of El Clasico will be free, and entertainment lined up includes rapper Cassper Nyovest.

 

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