Banyana Banyana striker Rhoda Mulaudzi joined hands with not-for-profit organisation Boots for Africa to donate over 300 pair of soccer boots to teams within the Mudavula Village in Limpopo on Sunday.
The event was also attended by Limpopo MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture Thandi Moraka as well as deputy minister in the presidency, Thembi Siweya.
“I decided to give back to the community because I was one of those players that grew up without soccer boots,” Mulaudzi told FARPost.
“It was hard and difficult especially when you are playing something that you love and you also want to see yourself playing for the national team or playing overseas so that’s why I decided to donate.
“It’s not easy for the kids from the rural areas to get soccer boots because they are expensive, so since I am an ambassador of Puma, I saw it best to donate some soccer boots that I am not using and also as Boots for Africa we go out there collecting soccer boots from different countries,” says Mulaudzi.
Chairman of Boots for Africa Gavin Hendry also explained why they choose to make the donations in the Mudavula area.
“The reason that we are here today is that one of our ambassadors is Rhoda Mulaudzi and part of what we have been trying to do is give back to the community for some time,” says Hendry.
“Obviously with covid-19 it has been difficult for us to come back here. We wanted to come back and honor the women in Venda because this is where Rhoda is from. Part of us giving back is inviting her here in order for us to be able to honor the woman of this community.
We have seen the success that Rhoda has been in her career so the boots that we are providing here today will be able to give the future Banyana Banyana players inspiration to be able to do the best that they can because one of the ladies who are here today could be the next Banyana player,” added Hendry.
Mulaudzi is currently in the books of Belarusian women’s football team, Dinamo Minsk.
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