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FIFA-sponsored youngsters tournament kicks off

07-05-2010 09:28 BJT

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South African President Jacob Zuma has officially opened a FIFA-sponsored tournament "Football for Hope". It brings together 32 teams of youngsters from disadvantaged communities worldwide.

The tournament is being held in Johannesburg's township of Alexandra. The five-a-side tournament, includes young boys and girls from all over the world and is played without referees. The competition, aims to promote social change through friendship. It also aims to raise awareness for various issues including HIV, landmines and drug use.

A goalkeeper for team Germany fails to save a goal during the Football for Hope Festival 2010 match against Argentina at Alexander township in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday July 4, 2010. 32 teams of young people from disadvantaged communities around the world come together in Johannesburg for a festival of education and culture that will culminate in a football tournament in a specially-constructed stadium in the community of Alexandra from July 4 to 10.(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
A goalkeeper for team Germany fails to save a goal during the 
Football for Hope Festival 2010 match against Argentina at Alexander 
township in Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday July 4, 2010. 32 
teams of young people from disadvantaged communities around the 
world come together in Johannesburg for a festival of education and 
culture that will culminate in a football tournament in a specially-
constructed stadium in the community of Alexandra from July 4 to 10.
(AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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