Westridge Sports Complex in Mitchells Plain was the venue for a football & entertainment-filled day that formed part of the Nelson Mandela Centenary commemorations.
The event was a joint initiative between Dutch Football Federation, the KNVB, and #cocreateSA, an initiative by the Netherlands in South Africa to provide a platform for South African and Dutch counterparts to exchange innovations for a sustainable future.
The day also marked the closing of the Cape Town leg of the KNVB WorldCoaches Workshop and saw 100 children from the Run For Schools project participate in a football festival conducted by the coaches completing the workshop.
Participants and spectators were entertained by on-stage music and ball juggling after the festival, followed by an exhibition match between South African and Dutch Football Legends.
Former Bafana Bafana captain, Aaron Mokoena, who completed the KNVB WorldCoaches Workshop in July, was part of the South African team that included local legends of the game; Edries Burton, Nasief Morris, Kamaal Sait, John Sibeko and former Banyana Banyana goalkeeper, Thokozile Mndaweni.
The Dutch Legend’s team, “coached” by Johan Neeskens, was made up of Pierre Van Hooidonk, Regi Blinker, Tico Tico, Christopher Katonga and former Liverpool and Ajax Cape Town goalkeeper, Sander Westerveld.
The South African team opened the scoring and led the game going into the break, before the Dutch team fought back to level the game and force the game to be decided through a penalty shootout, with the Dutch Legends ultimately winning the match.
The KNVB WorldCoaches Workshop moves onto Kimberly this week for the fourth and final leg of workshops forming part of the Madiba 100 Legacy.