7 August 2019 – The South Africa and Zimbabwe women’s sides paid a visit to the Khanyisa School for the Blind in KwaDwesi, Nelson Mandela Bay on Wednesday (7 August) where they shared their experiences on the sports field.
The initiative, organised by COSAFA, allowed learners to mingle with the national team stars and hear what inspired them to focus on football.
The Khanyisa School, which loosely translates as ‘To Bring Light’, encourages sight-impaired children to follow their dreams and fulfill their potential in society despite their disabilities.
The school has produced a steady stream of learners who graduate to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and other tertiary education institutions, to take their studies further.
Khanyisa School encourages learners to participate in extra mural activities, including judo, karate, athletics and ‘goal ball’, a form of soccer for the blind. They also have cultural activities such as drama which the learners really enjoy.
The school caters for around 60 pupils from all over the Eastern Cape Province, and apart from mingling with the players, also received soccer balls from the two teams.
The two countries will put their generosity aside on Thursday (8 August) when they go toe to toe in the semifinal of the 2019 COSAFA Women’s Championship.
The clash takes place at Wolfson Stadium, KwaZakhele in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Kickoff is at 15h30.