Thursday, November 6, 2014
Brazilian great, Cafu, to attend the Danone Nations Cup World Finals.
The 32 under-12 soccer teams that will be playing in the Danone Nations Cup world finals in Sao Paulo, Brazil between the 14th and 16th November are in for a treat. Groupe Danone has announced that Marcos Evangelista de Morais, better known as Cafu, will be at the finals to watch the boys and give them valuable advice.
The most capped player in Brazilian History, Cafu, has been involved with the Danone Nations Cup as ambassador for Brazil for many years and having him at the final will add value to the experience for the 384 players.
Groupe Danone understands the key role that past and current great footballers have in influencing the way the youth tackle the game, and therefore encourage every country that competes in the tournament to appoint an ambassador. It is these great players that encourage the youth to strive for excellence, show tenacity, play fair and most importantly to love the game and have fun.
Zinadine Zidane still plays a critical role as one of the ambassadors and Cafu will admirably fill this role as an additional international ambassador in Brazil this year.
Cafu played for São Paulo, Roma and Milan. He is regarded to be one of the greatest fullbacks ever to grace the Italian Serie A. In 1994, he was named South American Footballer of the Year, and in 2004, he was named by Pelé one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards ceremony.
He played 142 times for Brazil, including a record 21 World Cup games. He also holds the record of winning the most matches in World Cups – 15. He retired from football in 2008.
Siphumelele Primary School of Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal will be the South African representatives in Sao Paulo after they won the South African Danone Nations Cup title. Travelling overseas and meeting players from all around the world will be an amazing experience for them.
Meeting and interacting with Cafu, one of the true legends of the game, is going to be another highlight of a week that is going to change the lives of the young players forever.
Danone Southern Africa is part of the Danone Group, one of the fastest-growing food companies in the world. Danone is present in over 120 countries across all continents. With 160 plants and around 100,000 employees, the Danone Group is the number one worldwide for Fresh Dairy Products. Danone’s mission is to bring health through food to as many people as possible.
One of the core values of the Danone Nations Cup tournament is to encourage young people to believe in their dreams. Through this initiative Danone offers a sporting event that reaches out to and inspires millions of children all over the world