THE 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee has commended the embassies of Latin American and Caribbean countries for helping develop soccer in South Africa.
LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan said the yearly Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (Grulac) Football Tournament had also created awareness of the World Cup. The LOC has once more linked up with 16 Grulac embassies to stage this year's tournament at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria on Saturday.
Sixteen local schools have been teamed up with the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. They will represent their adopted countries in the tournament.
The schools are also assisted academically and use the opportunity to learn about the culture of their adopted country.
"This tournament highlights the wonderful work being done by Latin America and Caribbean countries in South Africa," said Jordaan. Bongani Khumalo, a Bafana Bafana player, is a product of the Grulac tournament.