Embodiment of values wanted

2017-06-28 06:01
Hareaipha “Simba” Marumo

Hareaipha “Simba” Marumo

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Retired prominent footballer and former Mamelodi Sundowns goal-getter Hareaipha “Simba” Marumo has been chosen to lead this year’s Copa Coca-Cola Which Part Will You Play All-Star selection panel.

He was part of the initiative last year, also serving as the brand ambassador. Marumo has his roots in the Free State Goldfields town of Virginia. His re-election for the assignment followed the success of the partnership last year.

The former Platinum Stars, Moroka Swallows and Bafana Bafana star player’s duty involves selecting outstanding players during provincial finals, which started on 3 June and will end on 9 September.

He will be overseeing the process until this year’s national final in October. The final will feature the nine winners from the respective provinces.

Marumo also took on the role of the coach, leading the 2016 Which Part Will You Play All-Star team to a clinical 2-0 victory against a highly talented and stable Bloemfontein Celtic Academy.

“It is a great honour for me to rejoin the Copa Coca-Cola team,” said Marumo.

“It’s no secret that I’m passionate about grassroots football in South Africa, something me and Coca-Cola have in common. I look forward to uncovering new talent on the field this year.”

Marumo and his team of football experts will be at all nine provincial finals in search of young players who embody and represent the dynamic and unique roles needed to make up a successful team – the rock, the heart, the perfectionist, the rebel, the joker, the impossible, the machine, the artist, the mastermind and the legend.

The players fitting these characteristics will be selected to form the Which Part Will You Play All-Star team and act as personifications of the values the competition aims to instill in its young participants.

Phindile Phiri, the sponsor’s marketing manager, said Marumo had done a sterling job in 2016 when he travelled across the country in search of 11 talented players to form part of the team.

“The u.15 tournament helps to develop football in South Africa and give future stars the platform they deserve,” said Phiri.

South Africans, both young and old, are challenged to determine which part they will play in allowing young footballers to be the best they can be, both on and off the pitch, during the competition.


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