What's in a name? If it's Jabulani, happiness!
By Liz Clarke
As his parents' first born, he was named for the happiness he represented: Jabulani.
Who knew that Adidas would come along 32 years later and choose the same name for the official ball of the 2010 World Cup?
"I'm getting famous with this name!" Jabulani Makhubele said with a broad smile during a break from his restaurant duties at Johannesburg's Fire & Ice Hotel.
A passionate soccer fan and devoted Bafana Bafana supporter, Makhuele said he was thrilled last December when Adidas unveiled the ball bearing his name that was to be used for South Africa's World Cup. He even has his own Jabulani ball, a gift from a friend.
And now that the tournament is under way, Makhubele, who is from Limpopo, his country's northernmost province, couldn't be happier -- even if many of the top players have little good to say about the Adidas Jabulani.
"I don't have blood anymore," Makhubele said. "If you cut me with a knife, you will see soccer balls coming out instead of blood!"
June 15, 2010; 11:23 AM ET
Categories: 2010 World Cup , South Africa | Tags: 2010 World Cup, Jabulani, soccer ball
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