Homeless World Cup kicks off
By Tarryn Le Chat
25 September 2006
Spirits were high and thousands of fans turned the Grand Parade into one big party as the fourth annual Homeless World Cup kicked off in Cape Town.
According to the Cape Times, the event, which coincided with National Heritage Day celebrations, maintained a festive atmosphere and the street football got the crowds going.
In his Heritage day address, President Thabo Mbeki said he is very happy that Cape Town is hosting this popular event.
According to the report, the Homeless World Cup co-founder, Mel Young, said the tournament needed to show that sport and football could put an end to the social problem of homelessness.