‘Bring back school sports days’

2010-04-20 17:11

Legendary Kaizer Chiefs attacking midfielder Teenage Dladla has called for the return of school sports days in the townships.

Dladla addressed pupils at Nandi Junior Primary School where he handed out 5 000 soccer balls in Diepkloof, Soweto, today.

The school became the first beneficiary of the initiative by petroleum giant BP – Dladla is their ambassador – and coincided with this week’s 50-day countdown to the World Cup.

BP will in the coming weeks distribute the balls at the schools in the Eastern Cape, Western and Northern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng.

“Our schools don’t produce stars any more because the traditional sports days on Wednesdays have been abolished,” lamented the man nicknamed “Botsotso” in his heyday.

“I believe I can inspire the kids to make it big in sports. I am a product of the school’s sport so are the other prominent figures in football today like Doctor Khumalo, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung. Talent identification is very important especially at this level (primary school).”

Dladla, who dazzled the soccer crowds between 1976 and 1989 in the Amakhosi colours, also highlighted the importance of education.

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