Friday, July 28, 2006

Cape Town to host the 2006 Homeless Soccer World Cup

By Tando Mfengwana

Cape Town is preparing to stage the 2006 Homeless Soccer World Cup. The Arabella Sheraton Hotel will host the countdown to the event, that will be attended by sporting celebrities and the First Lady Zanele Mbeki.

The World Cup is an international street soccer tournament organised by the Big Issue magazine. The city will serve as a fundraiser for this years tournament, the tournament will be held at the Grand Parade in September.

South Africa will also announce the name of its new national coach at the event. Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool will unveil the logo for the tournament and international sports memorabilia will be auctioned.

The homeless World Cup has provided eight socially-marginilised people with regular work, 12 are either soccer coaches or are players for profesional soccer clubs or semi-professional clubs.


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