Amputee coach from South Africa is a symbol of football's enduring magic
As the world is rooted to the world cup football on in Russia, this story from South Africa is another example of this game's unique magic.
Tebogo Mofokeng, who lives in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa lost his legs when he was just a baby. His legs were amputated after he suffered severe burns when he was a year old. He got his first prosthetics legs when he was six years old.
Like hundreds of other boys, Tebogo too had dreams of playing football. As soon as he got his legs, he made up his mind to play the game. The lack of legs was not a discouragement.
Two years ago, Tebogo founded the local Winterveldt Football Club in Pretoria where he started coaching young boys. Wearing prosthetics, he shouted instructions as boys trained in ball control.
Tebogo was able to start the club with the help of Jumping Kids, a South African group that provides prosthetic equipment to children in need.
The club's players spend a couple of hours a week under Tebogo's guidance. The children who play here are between the ages of seven to 18. Every time they score a goal, there is a big crowd of spectators who cheer.