Cape Town Peace Cup to pave way for 2010

2009-10-02 13:05

Sport is being used to champion the message of peace in the first

Cape Town Peace Cup, an international soccer event that will happen once every

two years.

The event kicks off from November 25 to December 3 2009.

Organised by the South African Peace Conference (SAPC), in

cooperation with the Nobel Peace Center (Oslo) and the City of Cape Town, the

tournament has been created with aims to nurture peace and harmony.

Eight teams from around the world will participate, with four

representing South Africa, three from Europe, and one from South America.

Speaking at the launch of the event on Thursday, CEO of SACP and

Premier Soccer League (PSL), Kjetil Siem, said, “We are honoured to have this

calibre of teams participating in this tournament. The message of peace and

harmony needs to be spread across the world through every possible medium and

football can play a huge part in ensuring this.”

The four South African teams are Santos Football Club and Ajax Cape

Town (both Cape Town), Orlando Pirates (Joburg) and Supersport United

(Pretoria). The four visiting teams are: Stabek Football Club (Norway),

Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany), Club Atletico Boca Juniors (Argentina), and

Chelsea Football Club (England).

City of Cape Town Director of Sport and Recreation, Gert Bam, said

the tournament was part of an ongoing partnership between the City and the two

local PSL clubs and had two primary concerns - the promotion of soccer- and

life-skills in communities, and to promote spectator attendance for local PSL


Bam said the event would bring top-class international teams to the

City every two years.

The two Cape Town clubs were represented by their club CEOs, Goolam

Allie (Santos) and John Comitis (Ajax).

Allie said this was a proud moment as Cape Town teams had never

before had the opportunity to participate in an international event in Cape


“We (Santos) are proud to be involved and Cape Town must say ‘we

are going to struggle for peace in the province and even in the country as a

whole’,” he said.

Comitis said, “We try and help out in our communities because it is

where our players come from. With no youth, there will be no future and this

tournament will make football the winner.”

The official draw for the tournament will take place in Oslo,

Norway, on October 8. The official draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will take

place the day after the tournament concludes.

The games will be played at Athlone Stadium, Erica Park in Belhar,

and in Stephan Regan Stadium in Mitchells Plain.

The official opening ceremony will be held on November 26 and will

be attended by the King and Queen of Norway. – West Cape News

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