Pics – Soccer hero namesakes

2010-06-22 07:33

The Cape Flats, once a dumping ground for non-whites during

apartheid, has become synonymous with violence, crime and poverty.

But its inhabitants are also renowned for their love of football,

with many famous soccer stars born and bred there.

During the 1994 World Cup, many parents named their children after

football legends of that time. The likes of Romario, Silva, Henry and Ronaldinho

inspired mothers and fathers to give their children a legacy that they might one

day live up to.

Throughout the Cape Flats on dusty scraps of ground or grassy

community areas, these football namesakes can be found kicking a ball about and

honing their soccer skills.

Whether it’s six-year-old Quinton Bogart from Mannenburg or

13-year-old Henry Noordewyk from Delft, these boys aspire to one day fill the

football boots of their heroes.

With the World Cup under way in their home country, who knows what

future stars will be named after today’s players and go on to represent their

nation in the years to come.

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