Tshabalala boots to become part of monument

The boots that Bafana Bafana player Siphiwe Tshabalala used to score the first goal of the 2010 World Cup against Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg will become part of a “historical monument“, MPs heard today.

SA Football Association (Safa) chief executive Leslie Sedibe told the portfolio committee on sport and recreation that Tshabalala’s boots would be on display at the association’s Johannesburg headquarters, Safa House.

Sedibe said: “One of things we intend to do is archive our records and document the participation of our team in the World Cup. Those soccer boots, particularly the soccer boots that scored the first goal in the 2010 World Cup, will become part of a historical monument in South Africa. We don’t want to lose sight of where we come from as people.”

Tshabalala, a Kaizer Chiefs midfielder, was the first player to score in the tournament in the 1-1 draw against Mexico on June 11.

Sedibe said: “Siphiwe Tshabalala knows those boots do not belong to him because of the historical symbolism they represent. They represent hope and they represent that we can deliver on a world stage.”

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