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Ekurhuleni hosts Deaflympics qualifier

THE South African Deaf Sports Federation has joined forces with the City of Ekurhuleni to host the qualifier for the 2013 Deaflympic Games tomorrow.

Federation president Julius Maxajwe said the qualifiers will take place at Germiston Stadium at 3.30pm with South Africa playing against Egypt.

"Initially there were four teams in our group but Kenya and Guinea withdrew due to lack of funds.

"We are now only left with Egypt," Maxajwe said.

"The winner between the two countries will qualify for the 2013 Deaflympic Games in Budapest in Hungary."

Maxajwe said they appreciated the support they are continuously getting from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee as well as Mondli Gungubele's City of Ekurhuleni.

"Our players were selected during the National Deaf Games in Potchefstroom in March and National Soccer Development tournament in Pretoria in August.

"We are, however, disappointed that the South African Football Association gave us the cold shoulder when we requested them to assist with the hosting of this football event," Maxajwe said.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani could not be reached for comment.

The SA team is: Jabulani Sikhosana, Lindo Khanyile, Thuthukani Sokhela, Try Ribabu, Thabo Moremi, Philemon Malope, Lethola Mokubung, Kabelo Makgopye, Neo Sethlabi, Johannes Motlousi, Precious Moichela, Solly Tweleng, Tsholedi Moli, Prince Mathere, Themba Malinga, Thembinkosi Malevu, Mpho Mokhethi, Vincent Morajane, Andile Booi, Bonginkosi Jili, Precious Mulele, Mzwandile Magagula and Gungu Molefe.

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