Edendale teens jet off to Brazil for World Cup

2014-06-27 00:00

SIX teenagers from Edendale will soon be jetting off to watch matches at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

The six are part of Fifa’s WhizzKids initiative and were chosen after displaying both football skills and good on and off-the-pitch behaviour taught as part of the NGO’s life skills programme.

One of the lucky six, Sphesihle Dlamini (17), a Grade 11 pupil at KwaPata High School, said at first he did not believe he was going to Brazil because there were many other talented people competing during the selection process.

“In 2010, we watched a live match in Durban when Spain played Switzerland. I thought that was to be the last time I would watch a live World Cup game.

“Whizzkids United has opened a lot of doors for township kids and I have been lucky to be associated with them,” said Sphesihle.

Sandry Dlamini, a Grade 11 pupil at Esiqongweni High School, said it was thanks to the discipline, respect and being co-operative, coupled with soccer skills, all learnt at WhizzKids, that he found himself off to Brazil.

“I feel like I am destined for greater things in life,” he said.

Nokulunga Mdluli, in Grade 11 at Siyahlomuka School, said she was excited because this was a rare opportunity. “I never dreamt that someday I would go to Brazil because we come from a previously disadvantaged background,” she said.

Nokulunga said playing soccer helped them learn life skills and they were performing better at school as a result of being part of the programme.

They will joined by Xolani Molefe, Fisani Mtambo and Sanelisiwe Mthembu.

Wizzkids United SA director Stefan Kunze said the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the teens to grow as young leaders, and they would learn much from others in Brazil.

The group leave on July 1 and return on July 12.

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