Thank you, 2010!

Kick Off - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

In the KICK OFF Mag­a­zine Au­gust 2018 is­sue, I was read­ing a let­ter posted by Matome Kubu re­gard­ing the 2010 World Cup. I com­pletely dis­agree with his sen­ti­ments, es­pe­cially with the state­ment that read as fol­lows: “We hoped we would all ben­e­fit from the 2010 World Cup that was or­gan­ised on our shores.” Let me tell you my story: I am a former pro­fes­sional foot­baller and en­joyed a ca­reer with Man­ning Rangers and FCAK, hav­ing come through the Su­per­Sport United Academy. I stopped play­ing the game be­cause of a re­cur­ring knee in­jury, which was the sad­dest time of my life. When I heard we were go­ing to host the 2010 show­piece. I told my­self that I would not let this op­por­tu­nity pass me by. In 2010 I started a com­mu­nity-driven project deal­ing with grass­roots foot­ball and it has a been a great suc­cess. I re­ceived fund­ing from the 2010 legacy trust fund to fur­ther my stud­ies. I am happy to say to you that with us host­ing the 2010 World Cup, it opened doors for me and I am now em­ployed. Bon­gani “Manelo” Phakathi, via email

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