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Joins Fifa's anti-racism call

By unknown | Jul 06, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee has joined the Fifa initiated campaign to uproot racism in soccer.

This was said by Danny Jordaan, LOC chief executive officer, at the launch of the "90 Minutes for Mandela Game" in Cape Town on July 18.

The match, which will feature the Africa X1 and World X1 at Newlands Stadium, is held in honour of Nelson Mandela, who turns 89 on that day.

"We are also saying no to racism in soccer, it is an important call for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa," said Jordaan.

"The campaign is important. We thank the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tokyo Sexwale for everything and initiating this match.

"Madiba is the first and only person in the world where two matches will be played in his honour by Fifa.

The first one was on August 17 1999 in Ellis Park Stadium.

"Jomo (Sono) was the coach of the African X1 in that match.

"I think based on the record (2-2 draw), Fifa has decided to give the job of coach to Jomo again."

Sexwale, who is also serving on the Fifa standing committee on development and fair play, said he was delighted the match will finally take place.

He said the initial plans for the game was for Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi to reconcile after their head-butting incident during the World Cup in Germany but to no avail.

The former Gauteng premier said the eagerly-awaited fund-raising match was also part of Fifa's anti-racism campaign in soccer.

He added that they wanted the match to be played at Robben Island, but logistical challenges forced them to take it to Newlands Stadium.

Sexwale said when they were prisoners they had the island's Makana Football Association which kept them "alive and fit".

Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said they were delighted that Fifa saw it fit again to honour Madiba.

Also present at the briefing was Raymond Hack, Safa CEO.

With Pele also on the World X1 list, Sono said "if he's playing, I will also play."


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