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AFTER serving as volunteers during the 2009 Confederations Cup, Hendrick Mokganyetsi and Gora Ahmed Ebrahim have applied to do the same job for the 2010 World Cup.
The two are among the 67999 people who have applied to work as volunteers during the quadrennial soccer spectacle next year.
Mokganyetsi is the joint South African national 400m record holder and an executive board member of Athletics South Africa.
Ebrahim, who is a teacher in Johannesburg, is a former professional soccer player with Orlando Pirates and Rabali Blackpool. He is currently involved in community sports programmes.
Other sports administrators who were volunteers during the Festival of Champions are University Sport South Africa's Seshupo Kgabi and softball coach Tommy Kgomo.
The Local Organising Committee announced yesterday that they had received entries from 170 countries for the 2010 World Cup.
While the LOC used more than 4000 South Africans exclusively for the Confederations Cup, for the World Cup 15000 people from across the globe will be recruited and trained.
The LOC said there was a strong response from outside South Africa with Nigeria submitting the highest number of foreign applications, with 750 in total. The United States followed with 554 applications and Brazil was next with 489. Zimbabweans sent in 449 applications while Italians also managed an impressive 414.
Other African countries that responded strongly to the call were Cameroon (375), Democratic Republic of Congo (109) and Lesotho (106).
The total of 67999 volunteer applications exceeds the 48167 received for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Danny Jordaan, the LOC's chief executive, said: "People are starting to become excited about the World Cup and about travelling to South Africa next year.
"We are very happy about the number of applications that have poured in from around the world."
At the beginning of September the LOC will start the process of screening the volunteers.
Interviews with the volunteers begin in December.