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Football leaves legacy of hope in Namibia

WINDHOEK – Throughout the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, organisers have insisted that the legacy of the event goes far beyond the sporting spectacle. In the dusty streets of a Windhoek township, Deon Namiseb believes this is true.

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Heroes of Khayelitsha: football from the townships

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG – “There is much excitement amongst our boys. The World Cup is taking place for the first time in Africa and is something every South African can be proud of, especially for young people”. Siphe Dlala is an extraordinary trainer. He isn’t in charge of the big players who will step on to the football fields; he is in charge of boys who come from Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha.

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A South African angle: “Our football stars unite the continent”

He has the enthusiast spirit of a citizen from the African country which has finally realized its post Apartheid dream:  Hosting the FIFA World Cup. This event will sign a definitive step to get farer from the sports isolation, which lasted until 1994.  Matthew Choate, South Africa Good News editor and among Afronline.org partners, has his say with an optimistic mood. But criticism also is behind the corner.

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FIFA: That’s why we believe in a social 2010 World Cup

KHAYELITSHA, a Cape Town township – Matthew is running on the Football For Hope pitch, opened by FIFA in Cape Town.  He has to dribble the ball through a series of cones that represent risky sexual behaviours. When he makes a mistake, his mates have to surround him. The message behind the game is clear. If you take risks with HIV, the consequences will involve other people too.

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Harnessing the World Cup to change children’s lives

On a dusty sports field in Alexandra township more than a hundred excited children laugh and shout as they kick around footballs, sing, and play games that teach them about the dangers of AIDS.

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