Socceroos want school kids' support

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pretoria - The Masakhane Primary School in Roodepoort may be proudly South African, but on Wednesday the Australians will attempt to win them over.

The school will host the Australian High Commission as part of FIFA's 'Adopt-a-nation-programme'.

The programme encourages South African schools to support one of the 32 nations participating in the Soccer World Cup and to learn about that country's culture and diversity.

Information and material on Australia will be handed over to pupils and Zakumi, the official mascot for the World Cup, is also expected to make an appearance at the school.

The Australian High Commission will also do its best to convince pupils to throw their support behind the Australian Soccer team, known as the Socceroos.

Four other Roodeport schools received similar visits from the Australian High Commission on Tuesday.

Pupils from these schools, including those from Masakhane Primary, will attend the friendly match between Australia and Denmark at the Ruimsig Stadium on Wednesday (2 June).

Australia will be one of only five teams to play friendlies on South African soil before the FIFA World Cup kicks-off in nine days.