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Another Career High For The Limpopo Grannies Soccer Team

While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi grab headlines in the FIFA World Cup spectacular, Vakhegula Vakhegula FC is the team that people should be rooting for.

Vakhegula Vakhegula FC is a Limpopo-based soccer club consisting of elderly women who have been chosen to jet off to Russia to take part in the Veterans League Championship next month. The country is currently hosting the FIFA World Cup.

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Vakhegula is a Xitshonga word meaning grannies which is exactly the appeal behind the team.

According to an interview with City Press, Beka Ntsanwisi started the team in 2005 after being diagnosed with colon cancer and a doctor recommended exercise. She gathered up two friends in her Tzaneen neighbourhood and started doing aerobics to keep fit, which quickly turned into soccer.

The team - which has members as young as 40 and up to women in their 80s - has grown from strength to strength and this is one of several  similar trips to international shores.

Their love for soccer has seen them fly off to the United States for the US Adult Soccer Association's Veterans Tournament in 2012 and again in 2014. That same year they were invited to attend the Veteran's Cup in Brazil after the country hosted the soccer World Cup. With Bafana Bafana sadly not participating in this years competition, Vakhegula Vakhegula FC are fitting representatives of South Africa. They've made us proud already.