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The 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee has commended St Theresa's Convent School for embracing the 2009 Confederations Cup.

The Coronationville, Johannesburg school yesterday celebrated its soccer day in the presence of big names, including LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan.

St Theresa's used the concept of the Confederations Cup to cel- ebrate the event.

Other dignitaries present were soccer legends Doctor Khumalo, Phil Masinga, Mark Fish, Mike Ntombela and prominent sports leader Greg Fredericks.

In his speech, Jordaan started by taking the leaders, teachers, parents and guardians through the composition of the eight- nation Confederations Cup.

The starry-eyed pupils from the school divided themselves into eight teams and took part in a day-long tournament.

There was also "an opening ceremony march" where children representing the eight participating countries carried the flags of the nations they represented.

Eight countries feature in the Confederations Cup and only six have already been identified.

The six are hosts South Africa, Egypt (Africa), Brazil (South America), Italy (world champions), Iraq (Asia) and the United States (North America).

Bafana Bafana qualified automatically for the tournament by virtue of being the hosts and Italy as reigning world champions.

Europe and Oceania will determine their continental winners in June and July respectively, but St Theresa's pupils had Portugal and New Zealand as champions.

"It really shows that these children are creative, they know their geography and are also up to date with the developments in soccer globally," said Ntombela.

Masinga, Khumalo and Fish said it was a great thing for all South Africans to know more about countries taking part in the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.

The soccer day also presented the pupils, teachers and residents of Coronationville and Westbury with an opportunity to get autographs from their role models. The legends obliged.

Jordaan pledged to give the pupils representing the "winning country" tickets to watch the opening match of the real Confederations Cup tournament next year.

The pupils left a happy lot, it was a day remember indeed.


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