All teams from Africa have been knocked out. Many commentators in Africa want to say the teams performed well this time around but is that really true? Looking at the game played by Nigeria one would almost have preferred Ghana to be the ones playing. Nigeria held and out played France for the entire first half and could have very well taken the lead then but they just seemed not to realize that they have to score and that they could later regret the opportunities that they were missing. Their goal keeper, even though blamed for the first goal they conceded, played his heart out and still remains that game's man of the match for me. That is the kind of commitment many African players lack when playing for their national teams. France punished Nigeria in the last minutes of the game and the second goal, an own goal, was just what they needed to inflict more pain to the Nigerians and indeed the whole of Africa. Lack of Concentration in the last minutes is like a disease for many players in our teams and we are forever punished for the same mistake.
Algeria held their game with the Germans unto the very end but still came out empty handed loosing 2 - 1. In Cameron the team is being investigated for match fixing where as many as seven players are suspected. We now wait for the next long four years hoping that 2018 will be the year an African team could reach the quarter finals. How log will we have to wait for one of ours to reach the semis, let alone the final.
With the soccer fever being revived by the world cup world wide the young team, Harvest Republic FC could have it better when their pitch, which was badly corrugated, was levelled for them. This was done by the developers who are working at the Cosmo Mall thanks to Mr. Peter Sowter and the site manager Franz Fuch who rolled in a TLB that scrapped the whole pitch level.
Football is a sport that has enormous natural force to draw not only those who want to play it but even those who just want to watch others play. “This is the best thing that has happened to me and my boys because now we can use the pitch as a home ground too and invite other teams to come and play us” said Coach Alex Zimba Mashala. His first reaction when he was told that the pitch was upgraded was just “Wowwwwwwww Thanks Mr.” and that pretty much said it all. It started a couple of weeks agao when Dave Longmore of Midas Kya Sand and his Assistant Jimmy Kekane presented the team with a soccer kit they sponsored to include even some practice T-shirts to go with. When Edil Construction was approached, they in turn approached their sub contractor Pentacon Construction and the rest, as they say was history.
In Brazil soccer is the number one sport, it is said that people play soccer everywhere anytime. The World cup kicks off this Thursday and this is indeed a timely gift for those who love the game.
Campaign launches with donation of 50 000 nearly-indestructible footballs
Chevrolet South Africa last week launched “What Do You Play For?,” a new global campaign to inspire and bring football fans closer to the sport than ever before, while making a lasting impact where play is most needed.
As part of the campaign, Chevrolet, in collaboration with One World Futbol Project, is donating 50,000 nearly indestructible footballs to the South African Football Association (SAFA) Development Agency. The announcement comes at a time when the SDA introduces South Africans to its Vision 2022– ‘Changing Football, Changing the Nation’. The ball donation is the first in South Africa and benefits organisations working with youth in disadvantaged communities.
“The act of play is a fundamental human need that transcends cultures and impacts all ages,” said Tim Hendon, Chevrolet Brand Manager, South Africa. “Through our partnership with the SAFA Development Agency and One World Futbol Project, Chevrolet is fuelling ingenuity and imagination for children and adult alike, driving a sense of what is possible.”
Robin Petersen, Chairman for the SAFA Development Agency noted during the announcement, “Without the support of corporate South Africa for the SAFA Development Agency Vision 2022, our goals will not be possible. We require sustained support from corporates on multiple levels. The partnership with Chevrolet and The One World Futbol Project showcases that corporate and NGO synergies are able to produce meaningful results, positively impacting lives.”
The 50,000 ball donation is part of Chevrolet’s pledge as the founding sponsor of One World Futbol Project to donate 1.5 million nearly indestructible footballs globally. One World Futbol Project is a mission-driven company focused on bringing the healing power of play to youth worldwide by making, selling and distributing nearly indestructible balls that survive the harshest environments. According to One World Futbol Project, Chevrolet-sponsored One World Futbols have been delivered to more than 50 countries affecting the lives of an estimated 21 million children.
"We started One World Futbol Project with a goal to bring the power of play to children worldwide through organizations using sport and play to teach life skills and foster social change," said Sandra Cress, Africa Director, One World Futbol Project. "By working with our founding sponsor Chevrolet and partners like SAFA and street football world, we're bringing play to youth living in disadvantaged communities—and opening the doors to enhanced collaboration between governments, NGOs and corporate entities to serve those in need."
The One World Futbol is a nearly indestructible ball that never needs a pump and never deflates – even when punctured, making it ideal for play in all types of terrain such as concrete, blacktops, dirt, rocky field or grass, and harsh environments. It provides children with the opportunity to play anywhere and is a standard football size. It can also be used in other sports where, a ball is needed.