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WC fever to last a lifetime

By Katlego Moeng | Jul 07, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Long after the final whistle of the World Cup final blows on Sunday, nine-year-old Kholufelo Monyela and Phumlani Madolo, 13, from Braamfischerville in Soweto, will still be "feeling it".

The two were among 120 000 South Africans who received free tickets to watch live matches during the football extravaganza.

Fifa and its partners Coca-Cola, Sony, Adidas, Kia and Hyundai also sponsored environmental, health and education programmes to benefit the poor as part of the Ticket Fund.

The programme is the first initiative of its kind in the 80 years of the soccer World Cup.

Beneficiaries ranged from young children to construction workers who built the event's stadiums around the country.

Most tickets and developmental programmes benefitted schools and pupils from remote rural areas and others from generally disadvantaged backgrounds.

A shy Kholufelo said she had enjoyed the match she watched.

"I liked the stadium. It is big," she said with widening eyes and a smile of achievement, about Soccer City. She was there to watch Netherlands play Denmark on June 14. She is in Grade 3 at Julius Primary School.

"I supported the Dutch. They play good soccer and I enjoyed watching the match."

Phumlani joyfully said: "I watched in a stadium for the first time. I usually watch with my father on TV. I love soccer and support Kaizer Chiefs," the Grade 8 learner at Siyabonga Secondary School in Braamfischerville said.

The fund ran programmes focused on health, education and environment. It is one of several uniquely linked to the first World Cup in Africa, such as the 1 Goal programme.


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