THUMbS UP FOR 2010 TOURNEY

SOUTH Africa has been showered with accolades for delivering on its promise of ensuring that the 2010 World Cup will be a proudly African tournament.

SOUTH Africa has been showered with accolades for delivering on its promise of ensuring that the 2010 World Cup will be a proudly African tournament.

Kenyan legend Yusuf Chipo said he was happy that South Africa were making it possible for other African countries to enjoy the benefits of its hosting the World Cup.

Chipo is here as coach of the Kenyan Dream Team that is taking part in the inaugural Coca-Cola Football Stars which gets under way in Tshwane on Sunday.

The tournament features teams from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Malawi Ethiopia, Uganda and Botswana.

Chipo, who has also served as coach of Kenya's Harambee Stars, said: "Well done to South Africa! A tournament of this nature will also help develop soccer in Africa."

Kenneth Mudenda, coach of Kalonga High School from Zambia, echoed Chipo's sentiments, saying it was an honour to be in a country that is hosting the first World Cup in Africa.

"We are already feeling the World Cup fever in South Africa, this is a great experience for the youngsters participating in this tournament."

Equally excited to be in South Africa was Tanzanian coach Rodrigo Stockler.

Edward "Ma Gents" Motale, development coach and a former Bafana Bafana player, said: "Coca-Cola have done a great thing by organising this tournament.

"We know that the tournament has been a great success in South America, with Ronaldinho as one of the products of the Coca-Cola Cup in that continent."

Other former Bafana Bafana players present included Mark Williams, who urged the young soccer players not to do drugs if they wanted to succeed in their soccer careers.

South African Schools Football Association president Mandla "Shoes" Mazibuko, said the 12 countries taking part in the tournament will be divided into two streams of six each.

All competing teams will also go to Ellis Park Stadium on June 14 to watch the opening Confederations Cup game between Bafana Bafana and Iraq.

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