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100 Matches for Madiba Special #67Matches soccer tournament honours Madiba’s 100th birthday, assists children in need


For the past two years, the #67Matches for Madiba soccer tournament powered by Discovery Soccer Park, sponsored by PKF Octagon and hosted in aid of the Smile Foundation, has harnessed a little of that Madiba Magic, and brought people together through sport to effect positive change in South Africa on Nelson Mandela Day.

In 2018 the Smile Foundation and its young beneficiaries who desperately need facial reconstructive surgery will once again benefit from this soccer tournament, as PKF Octagon again puts its weight behind the initiative as headline sponsor, and Discovery Soccer Park pulls out all the stops to make it extra special in honour of Madiba's 100th birthday.

"The Smile Foundation was very close to late Madiba's heart, as it is to ours. We are so proud to be part of this initiative for the third year running. #67matches continues to honour the legacy of Madiba, on what would have been his hundredth birthday, and most importantly, changes children's lives through the greatest game of all - football." Says Waldek Wasowicz, Partner PKF Octagon.

Due to this special occasion, the event will change slightly and instead of 67 5-a-side soccer matches will host 100 events - 99 soccer games and one match that will include a viewing of the 2018 FIFA World Cup final.

The #67Matches for Madiba has become a much-loved event on the local 5-a-side calendar, as professional and amateur teams battle it out on the pitch to honour Madiba's benevolent legacy. Over the past two years, R300 000 has been raised for the Smile Foundation, the charity founded at Madiba's personal request to help children with treatable facial conditions.

Last year the funds raised through #67Matches for Madiba were put towards surgeries at Tygerberg Hospital for 13 Western Cape children, including eight-year-old Lithany from Grassy Park.

Lithany was born with craniosynostosis, a condition that may result in an abnormal skull shape or forehead, asymmetrical eyes and or ears, and raised intracranial pressure (pressure inside the skull). If not corrected, this increased pressure can cause permanent brain damage.

Lithany received life-changing craniofacial surgery in November last year when surgeons performed a total cranial vault decompression and craniofacial remodelling. This involved opening the skin; exposing the entire skull, from the eyes and nose in the front to the back of the head; and removing parts of the skull bone. Surgeons then rearranged the bones in such a way to improve the shape of Lithany's skull as well as to decrease the pressure on her growing brain.

"Lithany's story is so touching, and is just one of the reasons why we are so thrilled to be able to work with our partners and sponsors to once again host this meaningful tournament in 2018. This year it is even more special as we remember Madiba on his 100th birthday, and honour his legacy with an even bigger event with the hope of helping more children," says Ryan Kalk, CEO of Discovery Soccer Park.

This year, the proceeds of all 100 events held as part of the #67Matches for Madiba initiative will be donated to the Smile Foundation's weekly operations at the Tygerberg Hospital in an effort to alleviate the backlog of paediatric facial reconstruction surgeries here.

"This initiative is so important on so many levels. Firstly there is the poignant way in which it honours Madiba's legacy and then there is the iconic part of this event the utilisation of sport and the community uniting in order to help children receive the facial reconstructive surgery they need. These are all excellent reasons to support this year's #67Matches for Madiba event," says Hedley Lewis, the Smile Foundation's CEO.

All members of the public, including junior, amateur and professional players, clubs and corporate, social and celebrity teams are invited to sign up for the 2018 edition of #67Matches for Madiba, to be held on Sunday, 15 July 2018. The cost is R2500 for a team of eight players. There are tons of great prizes to be won, courtesy of Discovery Health.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the knock-out rounds, with the final two teams battling it out for the main prize. In addition to cash prizes, R10 000 will also be awarded in the name of the winning team to the Smile Foundation

The cost to participate is R2500 per team.

The tournament kicks off at 9am sharp on Sunday, 15 July 2018

Teams can be booked on

Hosted By: Discovery Soccer Park
Date of Event: 2018-07-15
Venue: Discovery Soccer Park Sandton
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