Poor early turnout for Mandela sport day

2013-08-17 13:22

The turnout for the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day has failed to live up to expectations.

Tens of thousands of seats were still empty at FNB Stadium when the first match of the day got under way.

The clash saw South African soccer legends like Jomo Sono, Lucas Radebe, Doctor Khumalo, Matthew Booth, Mark Fish and Shoes Moshoeu take on Italian soccer legends.

Traffic on the streets around FNB Stadium in Soweto, which is normally backed up when matches of this nature take place, was flowing.

Traffic officials were idling and self-appointed car guards seemed annoyed when sport fans passed open spaces, opting to park inside the stadium.

Despite the initial poor turnout, those who were at the stadium enjoyed the legends match.

A great roar and loud vuvuzelas erupted whenever Radebe, better known as Rhoo, touched the ball.

But it was Jomo Sono who was the ultimate favourite. He performed his signature trick of standing on the ball, much to the excitement of the fans.

The Italian Masters won the game 2-0.

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