Kids fight for the lone football on a run-down street, whilewomen hang clothes on the balconies of this Cape Town suburbravaged by drug abuse. A young man already missing his front teethlimps up to London’s mayor and asks for more balls.Football is providing hope here, and Boris Johnson sees this asthe main drawing point for his country’s faltering bid to host the2018 World Cup. Britain’s marketing and commercial power could meanmore money for sports development projects around the world.“We’re here to look at the role of football,” Johnson told TheAssociated Press on a Thursday tour of the “Cape Flats”communities created during South Africa’s apartheid regime. “Thesegoal posts here were paid for by a scheme co-sponsored by a Londonclub. This helps communities come together, and shows the power ofsport as an engine of change in society.”Johnson was on the second day of a goodwill tour toutingEngland’s bid to stage the World Cup in eight years’ time. Hevisited Ajax Cape Town’s training grounds before accompanyingex-England striker Andy Cole and South Africa defender Lucas Radebeon a tour of Cape Town’s dirt-poor northern suburbs.“People from outside usually only come here when it’s electiontime,” said Dawn Pretorius, a 38-year-old resident of Elsie’sRiver.She said drugs have… Read full this story
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