Teko Modise, Nonkanyiso Conco and The Funny Chef, Lebogang Tlokana, rooting for Africa in World Cup

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Teko Modise was one of the players in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Teko Modise was one of the players in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
Darren Stewart

It may not be “Phillip”, but it is definitely here.

The 2022 Fifa World Cup is around the corner and this year it is taking place in Qatar.

In 2010, South Africans could all feel the excitement as we all screamed “feel it, it is here” as the hosts of the soccer world cup.

And even though Bafana Bafana have not qualified, many South Africans will be watching and cheering their favourite teams on.

Kick-off is on Sunday, 20 November between Qatar and Ecuador.

South African celebrities share their thoughts on how things could turn out this year.

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Celebrity chef Lebogang Tlokana, known as The Funny Chef, says it is important to support other countries participating in the world cup, because of representation.

“These countries are representing all African countries on the global stage, and we hope with our support an African country can reach the semifinals or final stage.”

She thinks Brazil could walk away with the title.

“They have assembled a strong squad with a mix of youth and experience with many players currently in form.”

Soccer is one of the favourite sports in South African and it can be used as a way to keep children off the streets.

“Local football provides hope for kids who aspire to become professionals in the football environment, especially kids from previously disadvantaged communities who predominantly struggle to find other avenues to use their time effectively," says The Funny Chef who recently published her new cookbook, The Funnychef's Delicious Dishes.

"There might not be facilities in their communities, which usually leads kids to joining gangs and participating in troublesome activities. The hope [of becoming professional players] inspires them to dream, work hard and become more disciplined in order to pursue the dream of becoming professional.”

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Reality TV star and businesswoman Laconco, real name Nonkanyiso Conco, says it’s important to support African teams because they are our own.

“As long they still try, I will support them. I personally support teams in the rurals, it’s one of the best distractions for teens. Keeps them fit, focused and on purpose.”

Soccer star and former Bafana Bafana player Teko Modise says African countries doing well at the World Cup is a good look for Africa as a continent, so it is important to support each other as African nations.

“Soccer is our biggest sport in the country and it’s a tool that has helped and shaped many soccer starts in the country. And it has been one of the best teaching tools,” he tells Drum.

In his professional analysis of the Bafana Bafana squad, Teko says it still needs to stabilize first and that is why they did not qualify.

“We didn’t qualify because we are still building.

"But we don’t have youngsters to build with, none of the youngsters are playing regular first team football so it makes it difficult to build.

"But to answer you, we don’t have a strong competitive team.”

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