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Sihlangu game is useless

05.October.2011 · Posted in sports

MBABANE – The Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) acting CEO Zwelonke ‘Sport’ Dlamini has described the official national team, Sihlangu’s AFCON qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville on Saturday as USELESS. ...

MBABANE – The Premier League of Swaziland (PLS) acting CEO Zwelonke ‘Sport’ Dlamini has described the official national team, Sihlangu’s AFCON qualifier against Congo-Brazzaville on Saturday as USELESS. (more…)

Football: Nigerian pair's success in Turkey

07.May.2011 · Posted in sports

Nigerian duo Simon Zenke and Akeem Agbetu are aiming to make their mark on the Turkish Super League, after helping their club Samsunspor gain promotion. ...

Nigerian duo Simon Zenke and Akeem Agbetu are aiming to make their mark on the Turkish Super League, after helping their club Samsunspor gain promotion.

Simon Zenke

The pair played a key role in the team’s success in ending a five-year spell in the second division.

Akeem Agbetu

The former youth internationals are revered by fans in the city of Samsun, on Turkey’s north coast.

“Promotion is sweet but we’re not going in simply to make up the numbers,” Zenke told BBC Sport.

“The challenge for us is to get there and prove we can mix with the big teams and big players in the Super League.

“It will be difficult but we’re going to have a real go and enjoy ourselves.”

Zenke has scored 15 goals this season, with two games left to play, and has been central to Samsunspor’s success.

The 22-year-old is aiming to emulate his compatriot Emmanuel Emenike, who took Karabükspor to promotion last season and has since attracted interest from around Europe.

“There’s always one or two people who motivates you, I must admit that they help you believe in yourself, and Emenike is one of them,” Zenke said.

 

Source: BBC

Photos: kooora.com, habergazetesi.com.tr/

South Africa:2010 FIFA WORLD CUP LEGACY TRUST FUND

04.January.2011 · Posted in sports

Following a meeting with President Jacob Zuma, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter presented the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust at Soccer City in Johannesburg. ...

Following a meeting with President Jacob Zuma, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter presented the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust at Soccer City in Johannesburg. This trust will support a wide range of public benefit initiatives in the areas of football development, education, health and humanitarian activities in South Africa. The trust forms part of FIFA’s 2010 FIFA World Cup related legacy programmes and delivers on FIFA’s pledge to ensure that South Africans will continue to benefit from the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The trust amounts to USD 100 million, USD 80 million of which is being allocated directly to social community projects. The remaining USD 20 million was already provided to the South African Football Association (SAFA) in the build-up to the event for preparations and for the construction of SAFA House. As a first project financed by the trust, FIFA purchased 35 of the team buses and a fleet of 52 cars, which were handed over to SAFA today for transport of their regional teams.

The trust will be administered by international auditing company Ernst and Young while the trustees, consisting of a representative each from FIFA, SAFA, the government and the private sector, will evaluate into which public-benefit projects the money is invested. All projects must be submitted to the trustees for review with one of the decisive conditions being that they must be for public benefit only.

The beneficiaries will be selected for projects within the following four areas:

  • Football: administration, development, coordination or promotion of non-professional football.
  • Education and development: provision of education by a school as defined in the South African Schools Act.
  • Health care: provision of health care services to disadvantaged communities, including prevention of HIV infection and other preventative and education programmes.
  • Humanitarian activities: community development for disadvantaged persons and anti-poverty initiatives.

“The trust is the latest piece in our mosaic of 2010 FIFA World Cup-related legacy activities for South Africa and the African continent. This is also a reward for South Africans for having been such great hosts. We have always said that the first FIFA World Cup on African soil should leave a lasting sports and social legacy once the tournament is over. This trust is yet another concrete achievement in this area,” said the FIFA President.

“We achieved our goals with regard to the successful hosting of the FIFA World Cup event. Now remains the difficult but most important task of ensuring a lasting legacy and to build world-class national teams both at youth and senior level. The FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust which is being launched today is an important contribution to the achievement of that goal,” said President Jacob Zuma.

Source: News24

Photo: cloudfront.net

Diski dancers fly off to Vietnam to show off their moves

27.April.2010 · Posted in sports

Joburg’s young Diski dancing experts are in Vietnam this week to show off South African spirit and culture ahead of the World Cup. The 14 young dancers and a choreographer will perform the Diski dance and other traditional and modern dances in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi for Freedom Day celebrations this week. After ...

Joburg’s young Diski dancing experts are in Vietnam this week to show off South African spirit and culture ahead of the World Cup.

The 14 young dancers and a choreographer will perform the Diski dance and other traditional and modern dances in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi for Freedom Day celebrations this week.

After Joburg’s annual New Year’s carnival, organisers from each of the city’s seven regions were asked to select their two most talented dancers for the trip.

The group will represent all parts of the city and the diverse people of South Africa.

“These are ordinary kids from our communities who are very talented, and if you don’t do programmes like this, you would never know it,” said Velli Triegaardt, from the City of Joburg’s community development department.

Siya Yengeni, a 17-year-old from Roodepoort, was one of the first to arrive in Newtown on Friday morning before the group set off for the airport.

Flanked by his family, he said he was excited to represent South Africa in Vietnam.

The trip also marked a first for Tumi Sefolo from Alexandra, who had never been on a plane before.

She wasn’t nervous about her Vietnam dancing debut because she has already represented her nation in Mozambique.

From what she has seen in pictures, she thinks Vietnam won’t be too different from her home country.

“It’s great exposure for them,” said Zoleka Dantabani of Joburg’s community development department.

The programme is part of an arrangement between Joburg and Ho Chi Minh City to facilitate cultural and economic exchanges between the two cities.

Source: www.thestar.co.za

South Africa: Soccer City ready for 2010

27.April.2010 · Posted in sports

When the last whistle has been blown and all the soccer fans have gone home, what will happen to the R3,4 billion Soccer City Stadium? Soccer City is the venue for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup opening match between South Africa and Mexico on June 11. Final touch-ups are being done on the the ...

When the last whistle has been blown and all the soccer fans have gone home, what will happen to the R3,4 billion Soccer City Stadium?

Soccer City is the venue for the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup opening match between South Africa and Mexico on June 11.

Final touch-ups are being done on the the 94000-seater stadium, which was built in 2007.

It used to accommodate 70000 soccer fans before.

The World Cup will not be the first major event at the venue. In 1990, when former president Nelson Mandela was released from prison, the first ANC rally was held at the venue.

Three years later, Chris Hani’s funeral was also held there.

Hani was the general secretary of the SACP and chief-of-staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe.

He was murdered by Polish immigrant Janusz Waluz in 1993 at his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg, in Ekurhuleni.

South Africa, which hosted the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996, defeated Tunisia 2-0 in the finals at the stadium, which was then known as FNB Stadium.

To test the stadium’s readiness, the Nedbank Cup final will be held there on May 22 less than a month before the World Cup kicks off.

Local Organising Committee spokesperson Rich Mkhonto said the first test match at Soccer City was a staff tournament.

At least 15000 employees and their families converged at the venue on March 26.

The stadium is owned by the City of Johannesburg and is up to them to ensure that it is well maintained.

The city has hired Stadium Management South Africa to take care of the venue.

Stadium Management South Africa currently manages Orlando and Dobsonville stadiums in Soweto, and the Rand Stadium in Rosettenville, the city’s oldest stadium built more than 50 years ago.

Clifford Duffey, retail and beverage manager at Soccer City, said: “We have started to look at ways to make revenue for the upkeep of the stadium. To maintain it, we would have to host between 25 and 50 big concerts in a year. The stadium is not only for soccer, it is big enough for rugby as well.”

Since January, and until Fifa takes over the running of the stadium on May 20, Stadium Management SA has been running 90-minute guided tours.

Last month, 7000 people visited the stadium and more are expected after the World Cup.

Lehlohonolo Mokone, who works at the food and beverage department and doubles up as a tour guide, said: “People actually visit the stadium a lot, and the most important and popular question is: ‘Are we going to be ready when the World Cup starts in June?’

“But since January, a lot of progress has been made. We will definitely be ready.”

The tours cost R70 and there are special rates for families and the elderly.

During the tour, you learn about the design and other interesting facts about the venue.

Mokone said: “The stadium was designed like a calabash by architect Bob van Bebber. We call it the African Melting Pot. The different coloured tiles represent the different colours of the pot when it is on the fire. The white part at the top of the stadium represents the foam on umqombothi that is being brewed. At night, the turnstiles are red, and that represents the fire burning under the pot. The exterior of the stadium is made of fibre concrete panels in eight different earthy colours, fitted together in a patchwork, and curving around into the cantilevered.

Source: www.sowetan.co.za