The Western Cape Government bids farewell to the South African homeless street soccer World Cup Team, this Tuesday 23 July 2019.
Mayor Dan Plato, and ministers Anrox Marais and Sharna Fernandez send off the team for the 17th edition of the Homeless World Cup that will take place at Buke Park, Cardiff in the United Kingdom from 27 July to 3 August 2019.
What is the homeless street soccer world cup?
This annual event brings homeless street soccer from all over the world home.
“The tournament is a celebration of the work conducted by the Homeless World Cup Foundation and their national partners across the globe in attaining their mutual goal of seeking a better future for homeless individuals through soccer.”
South African Government
The Homeless World Cup annual tournament also claims to challenge the societal perceptions of homelessness. By revealing an empathetic side of homelessness, interrupting predominant stereotypes and challenging the way society thinks.
“The foundation supports a network of 74 local grassroots projects around the world. While we are most famous for organising and delivering the annual tournament, we also aim to support and develop grassroots projects that utilise football as a tool for social change.”
Homeless World Cup
What happens at this World Cup?
The foundation facilitates a week-long street soccer tournament that includes 450 players representing over 40 countries across the globe. This tournament attracts 80 000 visitors yearly.
“They focus on creating developmental opportunities for young men living on the streets, or those who live in very difficult circumstances within informal settlements.
Each year they participate in the Homeless World Cup with the goal of giving opportunities to those less fortunate. They also offer accommodation to participants before and after the Homeless World Cup, with an emphasis on working out an exit plan.”
Homeless World Cup
Who is in the South African team?
The team consists of eight players that will represent South Africa from Western Cape neighbourhoods, which have been welcomed through community-based street soccer initiatives. The players are:
- Sibusiso Joseph Dyantyi
- Tankiso Vincent Lesia
- Wade Samuels from Parkwood, Western Cape
- Sinesipho Dayimani
- Katleho Moses Molieana from Gugulethu, Western Cape
- Lucky Tyokwana from New Crossroads, Western Cape
- Sbonelo Ngubane
- Yandisa Nomadluka