SAMLFA has initiated a wide range of programmes to look after the well being of its members and the lunch is the first of many events to raise funds in support of its aims and objectives.
For that reason, SAMLFA will launch the “Adopt a Legend Project”, wherein government structures, corporates and sponsors alike will be challenged to partner grassroots development coaching programmes, which will be conducted by these legends in the communities where they grew up, prior to becoming professional footballers.
The inaugural Football Legends Awards will also be launched at the event. The Awards will take place on 2 December 2017, coinciding with the Telkom Knockout Final.It will see nominations coming from all the affiliated SAMFLA regions to bestow accolades on those players who have brought so much fun and enjoyment to the beautiful game, both locally and elsewhere.
According to Buddha Mathathe, SAMLFA President, “the Soweto Derby Lunch is the first in a series of events, which will be staged across the country prior to local derbies and other major matches as part of a deliberate strategy to engage stakeholders on the legacy of retired and past professional football players in the country.”
Mathathe says that, “It is no secret that some legends are not doing too well economically as well as health-wise and the ‘Adopt a Legend Project’ is part of an initiative to give them reason to preserve their own memories of contributing towards social cohesion and building a unified country through football.”
SAMLFA has also launched an appeal to government and especially local municipalities to partner it on this exciting journey and make use of the knowledge and expertise of these legends to mentor young up and coming football in local communities.
The lunch will be held at SAFA House in NASREC and guests will thereafter take a short walk to the FNB Stadium to watch the derby.