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Jomo Cosmos player gives back

“I’m so humbled to see these pupils receiving shoes and I hope this token will boost their morale at school as well as at home."

Thusong Primary School pupils were the latest beneficiaries of a shoe-donating programme.

Needy pupils of the school situated in Kagiso benefited from Sammy Job Magalefa, former Jomo Cosmos defender and midfielder, who donated 41 pairs of school shoes to the school. Sammy is a South African soccer player who played professionally as a midfielder in Greece and South Africa. He earned two caps, scored one goal for the South African team and was included in the squad playing in the 2002 Cosafa Cup.

Sammy handed over the shoes at the school assembly, much to the excitement of the pupils and educators.

He said he was saddened by the number of pupils walking long distances to school and passing his home barefoot. He said together with his wife Nonkululeko, he approached friends and colleagues to donate a pair of shoes.

“I’m a resident of Kagiso and it troubled me to see pupils travelling to school without shoes, especially during winter and the rainy season,” he said.

According to Sammy the members of his keep-fit team, Ratanang Football Masters, played a key role in buying the shoes and he is looking forward to donating more shoes to needy pupils in the area. Most of the beneficiaries are from the poverty-stricken areas of Swanieville, Tshepisong, Kagiso Extension 12 and Reitvallei 2 and 3.

“I’m so humbled to see these pupils receiving shoes and I hope this token will boost their morale at school as well as at home. Through the grace of God I’m hoping to extend the project and donate more shoes because there are more needy pupils who need this type of assistance from community members,” he added.

School principal Kelebogile Somdaka was equally excited.

“I’m happy for the pupils who received the shoes and we hope God blesses you and gives you strength so we can assist pupils in others schools too. We hope our pupils and their parents will cherish the gift and take good care of it.”

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