Football fantastic

2010-05-27 00:00

THE Natal Museum is preparing to celebrate the legacy of the World Cup and KwaZulu-Natal’s unsung soccer heroes and heroines in a new football-themed exhibition.

Open to the public from Saturday, the exhibition will highlight the contributions made by football players from KwaZulu-Natal.

Those being celebrated include Sugar Ray Xulu, Professor Ngubane, Brett Evans, Ace Mnikhathi, Phumelele Bhengu, Sibusiso Khumalo, Siyabonga Nomvete, Thabo Dladla, Clive Barker, Calvin Peterson, Chemon Pieterson­, Sphelele Mthembu, Tizah Thwala, Reggie Shelembe, Bongi Hlope, Zepth Mthembu, Steve Maseko, Screamer Tshabalala, Mike Mangena, Bongiwe Radebe, Makhosi Luthuli, Hilton Fran-Smith, Senzo Meiwa, Mabuti Khenyeza, Vuma Mfeka and Bomber Chamane.

Viranna Frank, spokesperson for the museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, said that because the Natal Museum was a national­ heritage institution, it had a role to play to ensure that communities understood and celebrated their local heritage.

“Many of the heroes and heroines have contributed to their communities through supporting the development of football among the youth and the building of sports facilities,” she said.

“Some have gone to play for big teams, thereby exposing the talent that was found in their areas and leading to further scouting of young players from previously unknown areas.”

The exhibition also features key events around the World Cup, from the time of the announcement in Zurich regarding the hosting of the event to the preparations, participating teams, their logos and key players, key moments until the closing ceremony.

Frank said they were hoping that some parts of the exhibition will be developed into a travelling display, which could be taken around the district municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal, and thereby take the history of the event closer to everyone.

• As part of the World Cup celebrations, the Natal Museum is hosting a soccer seminar on June 3 at the museum from noon until 3 pm.

Football heroes such as Professor Ngubane, Makhosi Luthuli and Brett Evans will be attending and sharing their stories to inspire others­ to love and participate in the game of football.

Inquiries: Bona Nyawose at 033 341  0507 or e-mail bnyawose

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