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World Cup Shoes to Become 'Historic Monument'


The head of South Africa's football association has announced that the shoes used by the national team's Siphiwe Tshabalala to score the first goal of the 2010 World Cup will become a "historic monument."

SAFA chief executive Leslie Sedibe told a parliamentary committee Tuesday that the shoes will be displayed at SAFA headquarters in Johannesburg.

In a memorable start to World Cup, Tshabalala gave South Africa a 1-0 lead over Mexico in the opening match at Soccer City in Johannesburg. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Sedibe says Siphiwe Tshabalala knows those shoes do not belong to him "because of the historic symbolism they represent." He added that the shoes represent hope and what South Africa can deliver on a world stage.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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