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Daniel's day

Posted on 16 June 2009  - 12:00

Daniel Ipeleng, a child from the Tottenham Hotspur House in the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg, South Africa, had a pitchside view of the opening match in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Johannesburg.

Daniel's day

Daniel Ipeleng, a child from the Tottenham Hotspur House in the SOS Children's Village in Rustenburg, South Africa, had a pitchside view of the opening match in the FIFA Confederations Cup in Johannesburg.

Daniel, 16 and pictured right, was a ball boy for South Africa's game against Iraq at the Ellis Park Stadium on Sunday.

The tournament - seen as a dress rehearsal for next summer's World Cup - is contested by the winners of the six FIFA confederation championships (UEFA is represented by Spain), the World Cup winners (Italy) and the hosts.

Two boys from SOS Children's Village Rustenburg and two from SOS Children's Village Port Elizabeth were chosen for the task in front of almost 50,000 fans as the match finished goalless.

On his selection, Daniel said: "I feel privileged and blessed to be offered this golden opportunity, which makes me feel like a celebrity.

"I'll be meeting people from the international arena that I only know from television. Learning new things about football and meeting new people is going to be an important experience in my life."

The Tottenham Hotspur House, which is uniquely and completely funded by monies received from players' fines, aims to provide orphaned children in South Africa with a family that they can call their own.

The SOS Children's Village Rustenburg is situated in a suburb called Tlhabane West, a particularly needy area of Rustenburg, which forms part of the North West province that has a high number of orphaned and vulnerable children. The village comprises ten new houses constructed within the existing community. The community-integrated homes offer the children a sense of being part of a wider community and provide a conductive environment for mixing and playing with local children.

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