Legend Edward "MaGents" Motale has complimented the effort by the Eastern Cape government to develop soccer in the province.
Motale was speaking at the launch of the MEC's Cup in Mthatha yesterday morning as part of the government's 2010 World Cup legacy projects.
Held in honour of MEC for sports and recreation Noxolo Abraham-Ntantiso, the tournament will take place at Rotary Stadium on December 13.
Motale, Doctor Khumalo and Phil Masinga are among the soccer legends who are part of the project by the Eastern Cape government to develop the sport.
"The World Cup is coming to South Africa, but we need to remember that there will still be soccer played in this country after 2010," said Motale.
"That is why it is important that we should also channel our energies into soccer development in all the nine provinces.
"The decision by the government to use former professionals to teach the youngsters about the basics of the game is highly appreciated.
"It will be great to see the other eight provincial governments also getting involved by roping in soccer legends.
"That will help us as South Africa to produce quality players for the 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Cup."
Gogo Manqoyi, the Eastern Cape World Cup Government Unit strategic manager, said: "We will also have the Bafana Bafana Class of 1996 working with us.
"They will also play against some of the former Premier Soccer League legends in the various development soccer projects that we have introduced."