adidas selects 32 young South Africans as ball carriers for the Orange AFCON 2013

adidas, the official match ball supplier for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013 have announced the selection of 32 ball carriers for this year’s tournament.

The idea of ball carriers is an adaptation of the practice that was started during the previous Orange Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, where the referee would pick up the official match ball from a display as he led the opposing teams onto the field of play. The difference with the ball carriers concept is that spectators will now see one of the selected youngsters carrying the ball onto the field instead of the referee.

“In November 2012, we invited youngsters between the ages of 12 and 16 to take part in an adidas competition which we ran on Mxit – a popular mobile platform for teenagers in South Africa. The competition asked them to motivate why they should be considered as one of the 32 ball carriers,” said Zobuzwe Ngobese, the Public Relations Manager at adidas South Africa. The response to the competition was extremely positive, with more than five thousand young fans entering the competition through Mxit.

One of the 32 lucky winners is 12 year-old Kayla Alexander from Cape Town, a grade 8 pupil at The Settlers High School. Kayla has been assigned to do one of the quarter final matches – scheduled to take place on 02 February 2013 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.  “I am extremely lucky to have been chosen as one of the 32 ball carriers. I feel absolutely blessed and honoured to be a part of something as great as the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013.”

The young Kayla expects this to be a wonderful experience. “I always wanted to see the Moses Mabhida Stadium in real life because from what I’ve seen in books and on TV, it looks very beautiful. Kayla will be joined by 31 other ball carriers from across South Africa.

As hosts of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013, South Africa will stage a total of 32 matches in five venues, namely: Soccer City (Johannesburg), Moses Mabhida Stadium (Durban), Mbombela Stadium (Nelspruit), Royal Bafokeng Stadium (Rustenburg) and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth). adidas will provide the necessary training and rehearsal required to be a ball carrier, as well as chaperone services to each young person. Their parents get to accompany them as well as watch the match – an experience for the entire family.

The stage is set for the entire African continent and the world to enjoy Africa’s biggest football tournament. And the biggest winners are the 32 youngsters who will take centre stage before the kick-off of every match. All 32 youngsters have already been contacted by adidas to inform them about their upcoming experiences and they are all very excited.

In addition to being the official match ball supplier to CAF and selecting ball carriers, adidas also supplies referees’ kit as well as the kit for the ball boys and the volunteers at the tournament. On the field of play, the global sports giant sponsors the Super Eagles of Nigeria as well as Morocco.

 

Complete list of Orange African Cup of Nations 2013 adidas Ball Carriers:

 

Name of Ball Carrier

Home Town

Match

Nelson

Tshuma

Johannesburg

South Africa vs. Cape Verde

Maxine

Chetty

Johannesburg

Angola vs. Morocco

Jood

Kross

NM Bay

Ghana vs. DR Congo

Nkosipendule

Ntozi

NM Bay

Mali vs.  Niger

Tervin

Nyunda

Nelspruit

Zambia vs. Ethiopia

Njabulo

Simelane

Nelspruit

Nigeria vs. Burkina Faso

Nicole

Amado

Rustenburg

Ivory Coast vs. Togo

Thulani

Sehloho

Rustenburg

Tunisia vs. Algeria

Yusuf

Dhai

Durban

South Africa vs. Angola

Sthembile

Chili

Durban

Morocco vs. Cape Verde

Alec

Doyle

NM Bay

Ghana vs. Mali

Aqeelah

Abed

NM Bay

Niger vs. DR Congo

Mubarak

Adebowale

Nigeria

Zambia vs. Nigeria

Abenathi

Matomane

Bloemfontein

Burkina Faso vs. Ethiopia

Marcus

Mahoa

Rustenburg

Ivory Coast vs. Tunisia

Terence

Africa

Rustenburg

Algeria vs. Togo

Bradley

Pearson

Durban

Morocco vs. South Africa

Frank

Mvana

NM Bay

Cape Verde vs. Angola

Sinoxolo

Skosana

NM Bay

Niger vs. Ghana

Alexio

Phytides

Durban

DR Congo vs Mali

Prudence

Ngomane

Nelspruit

Burkina Faso vs. Zambia

Thato

Mokate

Rustenburg

Ethiopia vs. Nigeria

Karabo

Senne

Rustenburg

Algeria vs. Ivory Coast

Nthabiseng

Mabuza

Nelspruit

Togo vs. Tunisia

Kayla

Alexander

CT

Quarter Final 1

Jayden

Matroos

NM Bay

Quarter Final 2

Lebogang

Sibuyi

Nelspruit

Quarter Final 3

Basetsana

Mosemeng

Rustenburg

Quarter Final 4

Keagan

Fynn

Durban

Semi Final 1

Lesedi

Modiba

Nelspruit

Semi Final 2

Khethiwe

Mjekula

NM Bay

3/4 Play-off

Ethan

Camp

Johannesburg

Final

 

 

 

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