WC and Palestine soccer match for solidarity


[Radio 786 / Ilyaas Bassardien]
A successful and thrilling football match between the Palestine National Football Team and the Western Cape first XI took place on Sunday, with the home team winning 1-0. The match was the first of a two-match series, with the next match happening on February 18th.

The Western Cape XI and the Palestinians both battled it out on the football pitch infront of tens of thousands of spectators. While many supporters arrived at the stadium with Pro-Palestinan regalia, others came with signs and clothing calling out the apartheid and occupation of the Zionist entity.

Radio 786 had provided Live Build-up, coverage and commentary of the match from Athlone Stadium. Attendees had chanted “Free, Free Palestine” intermittently throughout the match as well. The match was attended by various political elite, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, DIRCO Minister Naledi Pandor, Sports, Arts & Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa and Cape Town Mayor, Geordin Hill-Lewis.

After the match, Palestinian and Western Cape players exchanged T-Shirts, hugs and handshakes. It was an emotional moment of solidarity for all involved as they exchanged messages of support and appreciation. Players from Botha sides took time out to greet and even take selfies with spectators and fans.


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