Limpopo grannies in Russia for 2018 Fifa World Cup

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Vakhegula grannies are enjoying themselves at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia having left South Africa on Sunday

A well-known South African football club for grannies based in Limpopo has been invited to witness the ongoing 2018 Fifa World Cup tournament tin Russia for the second time.

10 of the grandmothers, who play football for Vakhegula, left South Africa for Russia on Sunday where they will play in a veteran's league championship.

Four years ago, six of the 10 grannies were invited to Brazil to experience the World Cup tournament which was eventually won by Germany.

Moreover, the senior citizens did not only watch two World Cup group matches at the Maracana Stadium four years, but they also visited the Sugarloaf Mountain and Fifa World Cup fan parks among other places in Brazil.

These South African grandmothers are aged between 55 and 84 and they are using football as a mechanism to staying healthy. 

The initiative was launched in 2003 by a Limpopo social worker, Rebecca Ntsanwisi. Since then, the movement for soccer grannies has spread across the country, and at least 40 informal teams have been established.

Mozambique and Zimbabwe have also shown interest in the initiative, and women in the two countries have began to compete against each other. 

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'Mama Beka' as Rebecca is affectionately known in Tzaneen, continues to dedicate his time to philanthropic work and making sure that many societies across different provinces in the country deal with their everyday problems better. 

With this year’s edition having the likes of Lionel Messi, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo among other football stars gracing the global showpiece, the grannies are definitely going to enjoy the tournament.

On the other hand, they will be firmly behind African representatives such as Egypt, who have Mohamed Salah, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco in Russia.