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Footy demonstration match on the cards for Africa Games


Brian Clarke, General Manager of Aussie Rules International, has announced that a proposal for ARI to stage an exhibition match between a South African side and an Australian Indigenous side at the 2011 All-Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique has been accepted by the Games organisers.

The match is planned to take place in the first week of the All-Africa Games (also referred to as the African Games), which will start on the 3rd of September, and would be played in the National Stadium in the Mozambican capital, which has a spectator capacity of 42,000.

When contacted for comment by WFN, Mr Clarke said that ARI is currently seeking sponsors for the project, but he is confident that the required funds will be secured.

Mr Clarke declined to give details on who would be playing, managing or coaching the sides in the match, although he stated that he is currently in contact with a number of different organisations in Australia to select an Australian Indigenous team, and that the South African side would be selected next month.

When contacted by WFN, AFL South Africa operations manager Joel Kelly indicated that the AFLSA is not in any way connected with the All-Africa Games project.

The match has received some coverage in the mainstream Australian media, including this article in Melbourne's The Age newspaper, and this article on Fox Sports.

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Footy demonstration match on the cards for Africa Games
Authored by: Cam Homes on Thursday, May 12 2011 @ 01:15 pm ACST

Boy, did the article on Fox Sports concernining this proposed match stir up some vitriollic comment from some of the non-Aussie Rules fraternity.

If the match does go ahead it can only be good for the game, in that it will be seen outside of South Africa and by athletes from all over Africa.

Would be good if the AFL got behind it I think. But even if it doesn't and the match goes ahead it would demonstrate that Footy is growing even without the support of the AFL.

Let's all hope that it does go ahead somehow.

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Footy demonstration match on the cards for Africa Games
Authored by: Christopher P. Adams, Ph.D. on Saturday, May 14 2011 @ 01:39 pm ACST

 It would have been great to have more things nailed down prior to such a big announcement.  It would have been great to have AFL South Africa involved.

Carna Revos!

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Footy demonstration match on the cards for Africa Games
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Saturday, May 14 2011 @ 06:28 pm ACST

We didn't post their full response, but suffice to say, the AFL South Africa don't want anything to do with it. A longer timeframe wouldn't have changed that. I'll avoid making further comment.

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