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Former Bafana Bafana and Leeds captain Lucas "Rhoo'' Radebe has pledged to support Fifa's Football for Hope project in South Africa.
He was speaking at the Special Olympics SA project's launch in a colourful ceremony in Sandton on Tuesday night.
Special Olympics is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit and productive.
Said Radebe: "It is an honour to be part of this great initiative that contributes to the visibility, acceptance and wellbeing of individuals with intellectual disabilities.
"It is time that we render our support and make individuals with disabilities aware that we are fully behind them."
Zinzi Mandela-Hlongwane, the daughter of former president Nelson Mandela, also showed great support for the project.
" I support the vision that my father has for every South African citizen to embrace their brothers and sisters, regardless of their ability or disability in the country," she said.