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Football for Hope in Windhoek

first_img27 September 2010Katutura township, in the heart of Namibia’s capital of Windhoek, came alive on Saturday as locals gathered to witness the opening of the Katutura Football for Hope Centre – the third of 20 such centres being built across Africa as a legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.This is the second centre to be opened outside South Africa. The inaugural centre was opened in Khayelitsha township on the outskirts of Cape Town last year as part of the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign initiated ahead of the World Cup, followed by a second centre in Mathare in Nairobi earlier this month.The programme aims to build 20 centres around Africa to help address some of the challenges faced by the continent, including education and public health.Five more centres are due be completed over the next four to five months in Mali, Rwanda, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mokopane in South Africa.The Katutura Football for Hope Centre boasts an artificial football turf, a computer lab and a public health services area.Speaking at Saturday’s opening, Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said the centre was part of Fifa’s commitment not only to leave a post-World Cup legacy for the continent, but help also to help Africa develop in different spheres.“We have to make sure that Africa does not only provide a pool of [football] talent,” Valcke said.Namibian Prime Minister Nahas Angula said he was happy that Namibia had also benefited from the hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in neighbouring South Africa.He appealed to the Special Olympics Namibia, the organisation hosting the centre, and the Namibian Football Association to engage other partners to ensure the sustainability of the centre. “We don’t want to see this centre as a white elephant in the future,” he said.Jan Coetzee, project manager at Streetfootballworld, a partner in the 20 Centres for 2010 campaign, said: “September has been a very exciting month for us. Two weeks ago, we were in one of the most disadvantaged areas in Nairobi, and today we are thrilled to be part of the opening of this centre here in Namibia.“This should be a platform for Special Olympics Namibia to perform their work. We look forward in working with them in the future.”Source: Fifa.comlast_img read more

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Team SA profile: Ashleigh Moolman Pasio

first_img16 July 2012Ashleigh Moolman Pasio recently finished in the top 10 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling. Another huge challenge awaits her at the 2012 London Olympic Games.She is one of three South African women selected to compete in road cycling at the Games. Her Olympic team-mates, Robyn de Groot and Joanna van de Winkel, are also members of the Momentum Toyota cycling team, and they competed together in the Giro for the Belgium-based Lotto Belisol team, so they know one another well.That’s an important point to make because cyclists seldom win without good support from their team-mates, and it will be no different in London. “Together, anything is possible and I look forward to the challenge come 29 July,” she wrote on her blog after learning of her selection for London 2012.‘Something special’The entry was entitled “A Dream come True: London 2012” and she expressed her thoughts on the magic of the four-yearly spectacle, saying: “As a young girl, I always marvelled at the thought of the Olympic Games. It has always been something special to me, an event that has captured my imagination.“I would watch the different athletes taking part in their respective sporting disciplines with admiration and respect. I have always dreamed of going the Olympics, but now it has become a reality!”She added: “When I think of the Olympic Games, I think of hard work, commitment, passion; people of all ages, genders and races coming together to share in their victories and defeats.”Love of cyclingMoolman Pasio discovered her love of cycling at Stellenbosch University where she met her husband Carl Pasio. He was a serious triathlete and through him Moolman Pasio discovered endurance sports.She gave triathlons and duathlons a go, but struggled with knee injuries. It was then that she decided to concentrate on cycling, a decision she says “I will never regret”.Despite her focus on cycling, Moolman Pasio did not allow it to get in the way of her studies. She achieved seven distinctions in matric and has become a qualified chemical engineer, but her current profession is that of a professional cyclist.Continuing improvementHer recent 10th place finish in the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile underlined a continuing improvement in her performances. Her previous participation in the race resulted in a 17th place finish in 2010 and 13th place in 2011.Last year, her results included winning the African Continental Road Cycling Championships in Eritrea and finishing second in the time trial.She placed sixth in the Emakumeen Bira Tour in Spain, an event that has attracted the world’s top talent over the years, and claimed the Queen of the Mountains’ polka dot jersey.DominanceMoolman Pasio dominated the domestic scene, picking up victories in the Momentum 94.7 Cycle Challenge, the MTN OFM Classic and the Amashovashova Cycle Challenge. She also finished second in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. This year she won the race.Her ambitions in 2012 are greater that last year’s, but as she wrote on her blog, the Olympic Spirit is best expressed in the Olympic Creed:“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Big Bash League 2017: Dwayne Bravo creates history with 400th T20 wickets

first_imgThe Melbourne Renegades beat the Hobart Hurricanes by seven wickets to kick their Big Bash League 2017 campaign off on a winning note in Hobart.Dwayne Bravo starred with the ball while Cameron White’s unbeaten 79 and Marcus Harris’ 34-ball 50 helped the Renegades reach the target with nine balls to spare in their BBL 2017 opener.It was Bravo who set the game up after the Renegades elected to bowl after winning the toss. He bowled four one over spells and returned with figures of 5/28 to help the Melbourne side restrict the Hurricanes for 164/8 from their 20 overs. This was DJ Bravo’s second five-wicket haul in T20s. Not only that, he also became the first bowler to reach the 400-wicket mark in the shortest format of the game.Hobart’s opening pair — D’Arcy Short and Alex Doolan scored 48 from five overs before Bravo’s array of slower balls bamboozled Doolan and then took him out, caught at short third man. Short’s troubles against spin compared to his class against pace was out in the open when when Brad Hogg slid one into his front pad as he was out leg-before while trying to sweep.Ben McDermott and George Bailey then started the counter-attack and took 22 off Hogg in the 11th over of the innings. That over moved the total to a healthy 102/2.Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi then came into the act and delivered an excellent over in the following over, conceding just four runs. Following that, the Hurricanes were struggling to get boundaries and went 17 balls without one. Bravo came back on and reaped the reward of the pressure and got McDermott’s wicket, who was caught off another slower ball.advertisementGreat start of @BBLofficial @RenegadesBBL @newbigdog47. 5 wk pic.twitter.com/O5zJGME982- Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) December 21, 2017The Hurricanes spluttered from there with Nabi bowling four overs for just 25 and picking up Bailey. Matthew Wade was the only one to hit Bravo over the rope before he became the seamer’s fifth victim off the final ball of the innings.The Hurricanes failed to gain momentum since as Nabi continued his tight bowling. He returned with figures of 1/25 from his four overs. He picked up the prized wicket of Bailey, who fell for a 24-ball 25. Matthew Wade tried to up the ante and score some runs before becoming Bravo’s fifth victim of the match, falling for 15 on the last ball of the innings.Renegades’ chase didn’t start well as Aaron Finch fell in the first over. But the incoming White and Harris then stitched together a 113-run stand after seeing off the Hurricanes express pace bowlers. They relied upon good cricketing shots, using the pace of the bowlers and a bit of luck to score their runs.Jofra Archer tried to put a leash on scoring and took 2 for 17 from four overs including a double-wicket maiden in the 14th by removing Harris and Tom Cooper to rock the chase a bit.But the seasoned Brad Hodge played a breezy unbeaten knock of 22 from 14 balls to avoid any hiccups accompanying White, who went on with his work with minimal risk to take the Renegades home.Bravo was awarded the man-of-the-match for his fifer.You don’t bowl like that and not end up being the ‘Player of the Match’!Great to have you back @DJBravo47 #BBL07 #GetOnRed pic.twitter.com/CKiC6ai3ez- Melbourne Renegades (@RenegadesBBL) December 21, 2017last_img read more

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