Ngobeni gets dream chance tomorrow


The Ajax Cape Town midfielder, whose return from injury in mid-season helped Ajax to finish as runners-up in the Premier Soccer League, has arrived in Germany after a surprise invitation to play in the game (to be screened live on SuperSport).

He joins Benni McCarthy, Steven Pienaar, Shaun Bartlett, Lucas Radebe and Kaizer Motaung jr, among the South African talent on hand for the gala match, which is being organised by charismatic Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf.

The charity game, being played at the impressive Munich Allianz-Arena, is raising money for projects in Africa and also serves to mark the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela, who had a FIFA organised game in his honour in Cape Town last year.

Players on Saturday will include German captain Michael Ballack; Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid who won the Euro-2008 tournament with Spain last month; Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso; Brazilians Diego and Ze Roberto and African stars Michel Essien, Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Ngobeni will go straight from Munich to Ajax Amsterdam, where he is going on trial.

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