Mar 25, 2010

Limpopo Footbold Club: a bunch of grannies

Limpopo Footbold Club: a bunch of grannies

Vakhegula Vakhegula, which means “grannies” in the local Xitshonga language, is indeed a unique amateur football team from South-Africa, a real kick of life and passion in the all too often market and money driven world of football. The average age of the women is 70 years, but a couple of eighty-somethings on the bench are always ready to kick the ball.

Limpopo Footbold Club: a bunch of grannies
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Most of them have dramatically reduced the need of prescription drugs thanks to the training. (Photo: Jean-Marc Caimi/Redux/Hollandse Hoogte)

Limpopo Footbold Club: a bunch of grannies
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The average age of the girls is 70 years, but a couple of eighty-something in the bench are always ready to hit the ball. (Photo: Jean-Marc Caimi/Redux/Hollandse Hoogte)

Limpopo Footbold Club: a bunch of grannies
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The main coach of the grannies soccer team. She is in charge of the physical training. (Photo: Jean-Marc Caimi/Redux/Hollandse Hoogte)

Limpopo Footbold Club: a bunch of grannies
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Vakhegula Vakhegula, which means “grannies” in the local Xitshonga language, is a unique amateur football team. (Photo: Jean-Marc Caimi/Redux/Hollandse Hoogte)

Limpopo Footbold Club: a bunch of grannies
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The grannies' soccer fever spread across the area. Many old ladies are beginning to attend the team. (Photo: Jean-Marc Caimi/Redux/Hollandse Hoogte)

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