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Honour for 'Zero' Johnson

By unknown | May 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Dona's Mates Youth Development Programme have decided to honour South African soccer legend Thomas "Zero My Hero" Johnson.

Dona's Mates have a yearly tournament at Orange Farm, south of Joburg, which will now be named after Johnson, who has also played for Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. He also coached Gaborone United in Botswana.

James "Maradona" Shabangu, Dona's Mates chairman, said: "I attended the Sowetan Extra Time talk forum in Meadowlands two weeks ago where we decided to honour coach Bra Zero.

"The man has contributed a lot to the development of soccer, not only in South Africa but in other countries like Botswana.

"Football used to be great in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s but the standard has gone down. We need to make use of our legends to help us develop the sport.

"Everybody is now talking about the 2010 World Cup legacy project and we need to channel all our energies into football development using the legends.

"We are well aware that the majority of our legends are unemployed, that is why the support of local business people will be highly appreciated."

Shabangu has also written to the chairmen of Pirates and Chiefs and Sundowns - Irvin Khoza, Kaizer Motaung and Patrice Motsepe - for assistance for their tournament.

"We will appreciate any kind of help, be it trophies, medals and playing equipment so that there can be something for our clubs to play for."

The winter tournament is for the seniors, Under-17s, 15s and 13s.

Johnson said: "This is the greatest honour bestowed on me and I appreciate it. Football is in my blood, that is why I still follow it."


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