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Ntsoelengoe Disappointed At Bid Exclusion 03/10/03
South African soccer legend Patrick Ace Ntsoelengoe has slammed the 2010 World Cup bid committee for using Jomo Sono and not him to promote the country.

Speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday, the former Kaizer Chiefs ball-wizard said he has done enough for the local game to deserve a role alongside The Black Prince.

I think it's unfair that Jomo is there and I am not, said the former Kaizer Chiefs great who will become the first African to be inducted into the United States Football Hall of Fame later this month.

We're both viewed as the country's best players and for the one to be included and the other to be left out does not make sense."

Ntsoelengoe, who hails from the West Rand, added he was confused why many international players where also been used by the Bid Committee while they chose to ignore a player like local legend, Marks Go-Man-Go Maponyane.

"Marks is another player who should play a part. He has won more awards than Phil Masinga and I think he should have been given the role.

I understand that players like George Weah, Abedi Pele, Gary Mabbutt and Roger Milla are household names all over the world but I cant understand why more local players are not included.

Maybe it has to do with the fact we played in the apartheid era. But I don't think it's our fault that we are not as well known as these guys."

As well as gracing South African pitches for many years, Ntsoelengoe also starred in the North American League in the 1970s and 1980s for teams such as the Miami Torros, the Denver Dynamos, the Minnesota Kicks and the Toronto Blizzards.

He hung up his boots in 1989.

The 51-year-old is now head of Chiefs development programme and lives in Noordheuwel, in Krugersdorp, with his wife and two daughters.

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