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Sundowns / Barcelona FC: Building a legacy of quality football beyond 2010

MTN / Trevor Fish
© MTN / Trevor Fish
Mr. Macharia Kamau, UNICEF Representative and Mr. Patrice Motsepe, South African Philanthropist and owner of Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club.

Pretoria 12 June… Patrice Motsepe, owner of the Mamelodi Sundowns football team, today answered the burning question on the minds of exuberant South African football fans, when he announced that BFC star players Ronaldinho, Ito and a host of other BFC stars will be in the team line up for the BFC / Sundowns game scheduled for 20 June in Tshwane, Pretoria, South Africa.

Before a full house of  national and international media, the Deputy Ambassador of Spain, Mr. Luis Angel Redondo, the provincial Minister of Sport and Arts and Culture, Ms. Barbara Creecy,  the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane and  officials of the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and UNICEF,  Mr. Motsepe said he was extremely honoured that the Spanish football giant had agreed to play the South African  Sundowns, which would raise the level of competitive sport in South Africa and help establish "a positive mood" in the run up tot he much anticipated 2010  FIFA World Cup. 

But Mr. Motsepe also stressed that he upcoming football game with one of the world's best teams would help build a legacy of quality football for young South Africans far beyond 2010.
Acknowledging the UNICEF Barcelona FC partnership, Mr.Motsepe said he was impressed with the team's relationship with UNICEF and announced that proceeds from a fund-raising dinner in Johannesburg on 19 June will go to UNICEF and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Sundowns principal beneficiary partner.

MTN / Trevor Fish
© MTN / Trevor Fish
Mr. Motsepe, Dr. Gwen Ramakgopa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Pretoria, Ms. Barbara, the Provincial Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture and Mr. Luis Angel Redondo, Deputy Ambassador, Embassy of Spain to South Africa.

Ten promising young players from each of South Africa's nine provinces will be invited to the game to observe and learn from BFC in action.  Another 100 tickets will be provided to enable disadvantaged young South Africans from the Tshwane city surrounds to watch the game.

Deputy Ambassador Redondo spoke of Barcelona's outstanding sports record, but also of their well known humanitarian work and social responsibility programmes through their Foundation and its strong ties with UNICEF.

Amidst the blare of the infamous South African horn, the vuvuzela, a special photo op featuring an exchange of BFC and MFC club jerseys with the Mayor, Minister, Deputy Ambassador and Mr. Motsepe brought the press conference to a close.





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