Mark Williams happy to lace up boots again

Bafana Bafana's 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hero, Mark Williams, is grateful for his selection in the ex-professionals squad which will battle it out in the Sony Fevapitch five-a-side tournament, aimed at developing young players before the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Bafana Bafana's 1996 Africa Cup of Nations hero, Mark Williams, is grateful for his selection in the ex-professionals squad which will battle it out in the Sony Fevapitch five-a-side tournament, aimed at developing young players before the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The tournament starts on September 22 at Southgate shopping centre in Johannesburg, moves to Camps Bay in Cape Town on the 29th and finishes in Durban at the George Campbell High School on November 24 and 25.

Williams' celebrity and media team includes Neil Tovey, who is captain, Doctor Khumalo, Mark Fish, Edward Motale, Steve Crowley and Albert Mahlangu.

More than 32 local amateur clubs are expected to take part in the tournament.

"I am extremely delighted about my selection to play in this tournament. It's been so long since I last played competitive football. I am looking forward to playing alongside players like Khumalo, Tovey and Fish, to name but a few," said Williams. "We had a memorable Afcon triumph in 96 on home soil so it's always a pleasure to meet old friends."

The tournament itself will unite different races, cultures and religions before the World Cup.

"I will take this tournament very seriously as I hope to score a lot of goals," Williams joked.

The striker played for a number of PSL clubs including Kaizer Chiefs, d'Alberton Callies, Moroka Swallows, Michau Warriors and Hellenic. He also played in China, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Belgium.

Williams also coached the SA Beach Soccer team that failed to qualify for the World Championships taking place in Rio de Janeiro in November. - Sapa

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