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The Blind Football Coach

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We are a bunch of filmmakers from The Star Film company and Hack films in Johannesburg. We specialize in producing high-end TV commercials, movies, documentaries and content.  Together we felt urged to collaborate and donate our time, skills and resources to make the world aware of Dumisani Ntombela and his team's need to get back on the field by making the short film 'Spoko'.

When Dumisani was two years old, both his eyes were removed and covered with skin grafts. He was beaten, demonized and called a ghost (“Spoko”). But that didn’t stop him.

He has no memory of seeing colour, faces, a football pitch or a football. But that didn’t stop him.

He wanted to show the world that blindness isn’t a disability; it’s a different ability. He realized that he had a gift: not only for visualizing and understanding football but for fighting discrimination and suffering. That got him going.

As a young boy, he used this gift to triumph against the rejection of his community. He became ‘the blind boy with a football vision’.  At 24, he is now a record-breaking coach who took a women’s football team, ‘The Silver Spears’, to the South African Premier League, competing against the country’s best and wealthiest sides.

But running a Premier League football team is expensive. Running it on a self-funded budget proved impossible. Dumisani never found solid sponsorship. He used his disability grant and his parents’ pension to keep his team on the field. But he lost his parents, and then his team.

You can help Dumisani get his team back on the field.

THE DIFFERENCE YOUR DONATION WILL MAKE:

“The day my eyes closed, I opened them.” - Dumisani Ntombela

Though Dumisani can’t see things most of us can, he sees further than most of us do. His vision isn’t merely to power the team back to the Premier League but to empower the women in it to have a better future. To teach not just football, but self-respect. To develop his team not only as players but as people.

Funds raised will be used as follows:

R206 300 for the 9 months season:

Coach Salary        R18 000 
Training Cost         R16 100
Game Cost         R33 000
League Costs         R101 200*
Local Football Association registration (R1 200)
Sasol Status Qualification  (R100 000)  
Travel Cost          R12 000
Wages          R26 000

You can read more about his story here.

Donations

  • Jul 04, 2020 - USD $ 112.24
  • "Keep on inspiring" - Belinda

  • Jul 03, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Strength to you Dumisani" - Anon

  • Mar 23, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "We back you Spoko" - DotKomrade

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Donations to date

R 2 917.61

Fundraising target

R 206 300.00
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We are a bunch of filmmakers from The Star Film company and Hack films in Johannesburg. We specialize in producing high-end TV commercials, movies, documentaries and content. Together we felt urged to collaborate and donate our time, skills and resources to make the world aware of Dumisani Ntombela and his team's need to get back on the field by making the short film 'Spoko'.