Motlanthe to captain soccer team

2012-10-17 14:25

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, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile and Gauteng ANC secretary David Makhura – all closely associated politically with the soccer substitution sign – and legends like Teenage Dladla will team up as the ANC Centenary Aces to play against a team of Italian legends.

Former Italian player Giuseppe Dossena will captain the Reggio Emilia Legends, which will be coached by the Italian ambassador to South Africa.
Motlanthe will captain the Aces, which will be coached by Jomo Sono.

The match is set to take place at the Alexandra Stadium on Sunday and kick-off is planned for 3.30pm.

Reggio Emilia, an affluent Italian city which has also given its name to a unique education system, has supported the ANC since the 1970s when the party was led by OR Tambo.

Businessman Stavros Nicolaou, convenor of the Hellenic, Italian and Portuguese Alliance and also an ANC voter, told City Press that, because of this relationship, various events were being planned with the ANC in October, when the party is also celebrating Tambo’s life.

Tambo’s son, television show host Dali, has been invited to attend the match.

Motlanthe’s spokesperson Thabo Masebe last week told City Press Motlanthe had been approached, but it wasn’t possible to confirm his diary so far in advance. Masebe couldn’t be reached today.

Motlanthe is an avid fan of soccer and his biography, which was launched on Thursday at a mass meeting where he was also a speaker, tells of how he played professionally as well as during his ten years on Robben Island.

Motlanthe at the launch spoke highly about the Reggio Emilia education system, which he said was excellent for teaching literacy and helped children deal with change.

He visited the town during a state visit early last week.

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.

Leaders from the ANC in Gauteng as well as Nicolaou are scheduled to announce details of the match during a press conference at the ANC’s Gauteng headquarters tomorrow.

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