Several hundred blacks chanting 'Rebels go home' met the international soccer team as it arrived in the black African township of Soweto, near Johannesburg, for the second match of their controversial tour on Sunday July 18.
SOWETO, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA JULY 18, 1982 (REUTERS - LOUIS BREYTENBACH)
GV & SVs Chanting crowds surround team bus as soccer tourists arrive for game. (6 SHOTS) 0.50
SV Mike Channon and other English players lead team into stadium. 1.18
GV Sparse crowds in grandstand. 1.24
GV Play in progress watched by small crowd. 1.40
GV PAN Stadium and Svs people on terraces. (3 SHOTS) 1.49
GV Play in progress. 1.54
Sv Argentine player Ardiles on telephone as Kempes watches. (2 SHOTS) 2.02
SV Other players arriving at team accommodation. (2 SHOTS) 2.11
GV Playing ground in Soweto with black youths playing football. 2.17
CU Black spokesman Tom Mantatha speaking (English SOT) TRANSCRIPT: MANTATHA: (SEQ 10) "The South Africans would love to restore South Africa back into FIFA, that is to say soccer, and soccer is the most revered game amongst black people. The are angry that people could have levelled against FIFA, against its rules, and against their own teams which are affiliates of FIFA. And people are also opposed, and recent very strongly, the moral criterion which these people want to use to prove to the world that South Africa in a racially segregated structure can still have a normal sport." 3.09
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Background: Several hundred blacks chanting 'Rebels go home' met the international soccer team as it arrived in the black African township of Soweto, near Johannesburg, for the second match of their controversial tour on Sunday July 18. The tour was already in serious trouble. Three top black teams had refused to play the soccer rebels and two top international players with the team, Argentina's. Oswaldo Ardiles and Mario Kempes left the tour to return to Europe. Both players had been refused permission to play on the tour by their European clubs. Against hurriedly-arranged opposition, the tour team scored their first goal in two matches to win 1-0 in front of a small crowd of some 3,000 in a Soweto stadium which normally holds 50,000. After the game, Mr. Tom Mantatha, spokesman for an anti-tour committee spoke out against the rebel visit, which has been widely condemned by soccer's world administrators.