Fani Madida Gives Back to Community through 'Didiza 34'

Article by Bridget Makola After having held us all spellbound during his heyday whilst playing for teams like Faint Blackpool, Kaizer ...


Article by Bridget Makola

After having held us all spellbound during his heyday whilst playing for teams like Faint Blackpool, Kaizer Chiefs, Hellenic and internationally-recognized sides like Besiktas, Antalyaspor and Bursaspor in Turkey, South African football legend Fani Madida is back in the spotlight again.

In an effort to give back to his community, the former striker has in recent years set up the Didiza 34 Foundation, which was founded on the 04th July 2017 but officially launched on the 28th March 2018 at Sekusile High School in Newcastle.

The NGO's name 'Didiza 34' is derived from the hestoric 34 league goals that Fani Madida scored in 1992, which is a record that still stands even today. This year marks 27 years of him still being the first and ONLY South African to score 34 league goals in a single season!

According to the football icon, the aim for Didiza 34 is to use sports, education and cultural activities to not only expose youngsters to the vast array of opportunities that the world has to offer but to also equip them and their respective communities with the necessary tools that they need to take advantage of those opportunities.

Together with their main sponsor (African Bank), Didiza 34 has managed to add N.M Tsuene High  School in Ga-Rankua and Ontlametse Primary School to its growing list of partner schools. Their flagship project will be upgrading of sports facilities in Newcastle, Fani added by saying,
“We are keeping in line with the old but famous phrase that says, CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME".

So as a way to raise funds for his NGO, Fani Madida has decided to auction his now famous Kappa Yellow number 18 Kaizer Chiefs Jersey. Like the owner of it himself, the jersey's place in South African football history is undoubted! This is the same jersey that he wore when he played his last Castle Challenge game against Orlando Pirates.

Quite a number of Jerseys from some of his former football mates will also be going under the hammer at the fundraiser (A Night With Fani Madida) on the 12th of October 2019.

Madida's call to the corporate world that have Social Investment Capital, is to use Didiza 34 Foundation to raise the community…

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