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South Africa vice | Culture of drink infiltrates upper echelon

Posted By John Turnbull On 15 November 2005 @ 12:47 In Africa,Regions | No Comments

Johannesburg | The Sunday Times delves into the drinking culture surrounding clubs in the Premier Soccer League [1] and the national team, Bafana Bafana. “For every emerging star,” writes Luke Alfred, “there is another has-been propping up a shebeen counter in Mamelodi.”

As a cautionary tale, Alfred focuses on Mbulelo “Old John” Mabizela, among five players who missed a national-team briefing the morning after a friendly against Germany in September. “They had visited the town [Hamburg] after the match and didn’t wake up in time.” Says Golden Arrows coach Khabo Zondo,The players drown their sorrows when they lose [2]—and drink heavily to celebrate winning.”

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[1] Premier Soccer League: http://www.psl.co.za/

[2] The players drown their sorrows when they lose: http://www.suntimes.co.za/articles/article.aspx?ID=ST6A151719

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