While we’re watching the football, supporting our favourites, and tweeting about the players who are the hottest, angriest, most tattoo’ed and most dramatic, there’s another amazing story on the pitch worth telling, the one about Luyanda Mdlalose.
I’ve written about the 14-year-old football fan here, who was sent by COPA Coca-Cola to Brazil last week to watch the opening ceremony, meet other kids from around the world, and get some coaching.
Last Thursday marked the start of the COPA Football Games. The day kicked off (see what I did there?) with their own opening ceremony on the fields, with players carrying flags to signal the beginning of the tournament. This was followed by games that went on until Friday, which involved knockout stages. The day closed off with a final and prize giving ceremony, which included a visit from former Brazilian football star Bebeto.
If you’re wondering how Luyanda fared, he played left back in all his games and his team finished in sixth place! Not bad when you’re up against 116 football-crazy teens from around the world!
Have a look at some of the images that capture this awesome experience…
Ps: If you want to know how Luyanda’s Brazil story ends, keep reading the site, and follow @CocaCola and the #WorldsCupZA hashtag for more.