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“Sowetans don’t just love to play football, but they love to do it in style,” proudly enthused Doctor Khumalo, the Soweto native who has become of the most panache-conscious African footballers in history.
Those words are epitomised in the above silhouette of a teenager neglecting a routine header and instead performing an acrobatic volley during a kickaround in the Johannesburg suburb in 2009!
The executioner is likely, going on Lucas Radebe’s judgement, dreaming of one day representing one of the two local giants, Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates, and of course Bafana Bafana. “Almost every kid from Soweto dreams of becoming a soccer player,” said the former Leeds United and South Africa captain.
And despite Soweto providing merely a dot on the vast map of South Africa, the poverty-stricken region has provided a strong percentage of the nation’s greatest-ever footballers. Indeed as well as Radebe and Khumalo, it also gave birth to Kaizer Motaung, Jomo Sono and Teko Modise.
Oh, and a man who chose the biggest stage of all to emphatically underline Khumalo’s profession on Sowetans. In the Opening Match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, in front of 84,490 at Soccer City and hundreds of millions more transfixed to television screens across the globe, Siphiwe Tshabalala rocketed home a goal that will infinitely and affectionately reside in South African football history, befoe he and his euphoric team-mates celebrated it with an unforgettably funky dance routine!