Thursday, June 25, 2015
Minnie Dlamini Joins the Danone Nations Cup Team
Celebrity, SABC Soccerzone presenter and soccer fanatic Minnie Dlamini has joined the Danone Nations Cup family and will be lending support to the 126 players from the nine provincial winning teams playing in the national finals at Reiger Park on Saturday, 27 June. Kick-off at 9am.
Dlamini is an avid supporter of football development and is fully behind what the Danone Nations Cup stands for. “The Danone message is to encourage kids to believe in their dreams and also to bring health to as many kids around the world as possible through sport, all of these hit a solid core in me,” she said.
Coming from a family whose father encouraged all the kids to participate in sport, Dlamini, who is competitive by nature, reached provincial levels in numerous sports including tennis, netball, touch rugby, cricket, athletics and volleyball. She still plays tennis socially.
Her gregarious personality led to become one of only a handful of women football presenters in the country, a position she cherishes. “I have interviewed most of the South African soccer stars as well as many famous African stars,” she said. “At the UEFA Champions League Final I got to interview ex French International, Zinedine Zidane, who is also the Danone Nations Cup Ambassador so I have an even closer link to this tournament,” said Dlamini.
A strong development programme is key to a successful national team, believes Dlamini. “Programmes such as the Danone Nations Cup are where talented players are identified and this talent needs to be professionally nurtured and once this happens there is no doubt we can produce even better world class athletes.”
Dlamini has a word of advice for the young players competing in the national finals on Saturday: “I wish the players all the best and the more work you put into your game the better the results. Look at Christiano Ronaldo, to this day he arrives hours before training to train on his own and remains long after official training has finished and continues to train.”
Dlamini also believes that fans should come out in large numbers tomorrow to see South Africa’s top under-12 footballers in action as these are the stars of the future. “There is also going to be lots of other activities for the fans such as 5-a-side games, target shooting and the Mille free stylists will be teaching tricks and also giving displays. And of course, Danone will be handing our Nutriday and Yogisip to everyone that comes to the stadium.”
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