ANC’s football Aces to relive their glory days in match against former Italian greats

2012-10-18 00:00

ANC top brass are set to reclaim the soccer signs waved about by over-zealous members of the governing alliance in congresses and meetings — by playing an actual match of the beautiful game this Sunday.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is expected to captain the team. Others such as Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile and Gauteng ANC secretary David Makhura as well as soccer greats like Nelson “Teenage” Dladla will team up as the ANC Centenary Aces to play against a team of Italian legends.

Former Italian player Guiseppe Dossena will captain the Reggio Emilia Legends, which will be coached by the Italian ambassador to South Africa.

Reggio Emilia, an affluent Italian city which has also given its name to a unique education system, has supported the ANC since the 1970s. Businessman Stavros Nicolaou, convenor of the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese (HIP) Alliance and also an ANC voter, told City Press that, because of this relationship, various events were being planned with the ANC in October.

Motlanthe is an avid fan of soccer and his biography tells of how he played professionally as well as during his 10 years on Robben Island.

The HIP alliance was in the political spotlight three years ago when it hosted President Jacob Zuma — who is now associated with the two-fingered sign denoting a second term or soccer team Kaizer Chiefs — on the election campaign trail.

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