ANC Centenary Football
Alexandra, Gauteng, 16 November 2012
Papadi evented the ANC Centenary Legends Challenge which was held in Alex and captained by deputy president Kgalema "Wizzard" Motlanthe.
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Titled the ANC CENTENARY REGGIO EMILIA HIP SOCCER CHALLENGE the event formed an integral part of the celebrations.

As a sporting challenge this event integrated the strong cultural sporting heritage of South Africans and Italians. A soccer challenge also characterizes adversity followed by victory and then continued sportsmanship and friendship. This captured the relationship between the ANC and Reggio. This soccer match also provided an opportunity to honour many of our soccer legends, almost all of whom played under difficult conditions imposed by Apartheid and who literally played for a pittance. During these dark years these soccer legends often provided a small spark and something to look forward to in the suppressed masses.

The challenge wasl played out between the ANC Centenary Aces, coached by Jomo Sono and captained by Kgalema "Wizzard" Motlanthe and the Reggio Emilia Legends, coached by the Italian Ambassador to SA and captained by Giussepe Dossena, a member of the famous 1982 Italian World Cup winning squad. Dossena accumulated 39 caps for Italy and played for esteemed clubs such as Torino, Udinese and Sampdoria. He later coached the national teams of Ghana and Albania. Other politicians and legends that played on the day include Paul Mashatile, Teenage Dladla, Mark Fish, Phil Masinga, Martin Cohen, City Late Neo Lichaba, Computer Lamola, Happy Cow Nkomo and others.

The soccer challenge was preceded by a number of schools soccer finals and the ANC centenary flame, which will reached the Alex stadium at around 1pm

The Full programme:

Sunday 21 October 2012

  • 08h00 : Gates Open
  • 09h30 : Primary School Challenge (U13s)
  • Pholosho Primary vs Ikage
    Trophy presentation

  • 10h30 : Girls Football Challenge
  • Alex Ladies and Banyana ba Alex
    Trophy presentation

  • 11h45 : Final of the High School Challenge
  • Meadowlands Challenge Winner vs Alex High
    Trophy presentation

  • 13h35 : Alex Masters Challenge
  • Trophy presentation

  • 15h10 : Line-ups in tunnel
  • ANC Centenary Flame; Players, 40 mascots, refs

  • 15h15 : Players enter field
  • ANC walk to left, Reggio walk to the right
    Line-ups  refs in middle

  • 15h20 : Introduction of Masters & Veterans for the ANC Centenary Reggio Emilia HIP Soccer Challenge
  • 1 minutes silence for Thomas Madigage
    Welcoming: Mpho Moerane - Regional Chair of Alexandra ANC
    Sponsors  Mario Morfou  Lakama
    Acknowledements by HIP Chairman Stavros Nicolaou
    David Makhura ( Provincial Secretary of the ANC in Gauteng)
    Introduction of teams and players
    Italians to line-up as per team sheet
    Provincial Chair of the ANC Paul Mashatile and HIP Executives Stavros Nicolaou and Maurizio Mariano introduce the deputy President to all the players
    Singing of the National Anthems

  • 15h45 : First Half of Challenge Commences (30 minutes)
  • 16h15 : Halftime (10 minutes) " Entertainment by Condry Xiqubu
  • 16h25 : Second Half of Challenge Commences (30 minutes)
  • 16h55 : Fulltime - Penalty Shoot-out if necessary
  • 17h05 : Presentation Ceremony
  • Slow, Brian Tlale and Paul Mashatile
    Losers medals
    Winners medals
    Presentation of Birthday Cake to Paul Mashatile
    Winning Trophy handover by Paul Mashatile
    Confetti Cannon

  • 17h15 : Programme Ends
      Tokyo and Kgalema leading the SA legends onto the pitch  
      ANC Centenary Aces team  
      Tokyo Sexwale and Kgalema with Centenary Flame  
      Giussepe Dossena is flanked by Kgalema and Maurizio  
      Paul Mashatile celebrates his birthday  
      Keith Khoza and David Makhura  
      The official Event logo  
      The spacious marquee  
      Kgalema "Wizzard" Motlanthe  
      ANC Motorbike parade  
      Reggio Emilia Legends  
      Mpho Moerane and the Alex legends  
      Alex legends  
      Alex Ladies and Banyana ba Alex  
      Press conference at the Chief Albert Luthuli House  
      ANC Centenary Flame  
      The legendary Jomo Sono  
      Kgalema introduced to Eric Tinkler  
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