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Northern Ireland - Vuvus at the ready - we're playing in SA

A belfast school has sent a group of pupils to South Africa to compete in their own football tournament.

Nineteen pupils from Ashfield Boys' High are in Cape Town for two weeks during the Fifa World Cup to play local youth teams.

The pupils, aged between 12 and 15, will play three matches against teams from local townships. As a charitable gesture, they will also give kits to their opponents.

Ashfield has a strong football legacy and former pupils have gone on to play at international level. Four pupils - Sammy McIIroy, David McCreery, Ronnie Briggs and Sammy McMillan - played for Manchester United.

The pupils and accompanying staff will also attend a couple of World Cup games and have assured their Belfast classmates and colleagues that the school's banner will be on display.

"You can't miss it," said vice-principal Dennis Russell. "It is our school colours of yellow and blue, so I hope lots of local people watch out for it." mr.

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