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The Red Stars

Ahmed Jallanzo/Twenty Ten

Location: Orange Farm, South Africa

Former footballer sets up a soccer academy in the township.

The allure of wealth and experience in European football clubs causes most of South Africa’s prominent players to travel abroad to other teams. This has made it very difficult for aspiring young soccer players to get the input and training they need to achieve their potential.

It is against this background that Commodore Mavmengwana established The Red Stars Football Club in the township of Orange Farm. A former Boksburg Guild player, Commodore is driven to pass on his knowledge and passion for the game to those in his care. Not only does he train them on the football field, he also offers computer courses and teaches them computer repairs in an attempt to ensure that the boys have job security when their football careers are over.

With the 2010 FIFA World Cup being hosted by South Africa, it is encouraging to see former players who return to the game as coaches in order to invest in the next generation.

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