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Summerbee proud of Eddie Afekafe
Published : 02 Dec 2010 16:36:49
| Submit Comments| Printable Version1/1Play SlideshowClose MapFINE EFFORT: Eddie AfekafeFormer England international Mike Summerbee was convinced one of Manchester City's own had swung the 2018 World Cup England's way. As the naval-gazing begins on where England's bid went wrong after they were dumped out in the first round of voting in Zurich, one aspect that will not be overlooked was the excellence of their presentation this morning. FIFA president Sepp Blatter described it as "remarkable" and amongst the highlights was an opening address from Eddie Afekafe, who only four years ago was unemployed and struggling to find a job and career in one of the toughest parts of Manchester. In Zurich, Afekafe told the story of how he joined a local community football project, then became a volunteer with Manchester City's community programme before joining the Kickz initiative. "Eddie was magnificent," said Summerbee. "He is employed by Manchester City and is a credit to the club, the city and football as a whole. "I honestly thought he could have swung it because what he said came from the heart. "He came from an underprivileged background. He has worked his way through. He has become a diplomat and an ambassador for the club. "He is a very special lad and we are proud to have him." Afekafe's performance is small consolation given the massive disappointment at the defeat. Barring a strange quirk of events, it will be 2030 at the earliest before England can host a World Cup and from the wreckage of the voting and an increasing determination to open the game up to new markets on FIFA's behalf, it is difficult to see how the Three Lions could roar even then. "I don't think anything else could have been done," said Summerbee. "The Manchester side of it has been fantastic. It was a great effort. "Manchester is a football city. England is a football country. We are the mother of football. "The Premier League is the most watched in the world and every stadium is close. In Russia they are so far apart. "But FIFA are football orientated people and they have made their decision. "We will bounce back but we are terribly disappointed." What do you think? Have your say.| Submit Comments| Printable VersionAdd A CommentEnter your comments:SendingHotelsHolidaysMotorsShoppingDatingWhat's OnJobsHomesmineOffers Business Finder Please enter a Business and Location. NewsletterGet the latest news straight to your inbox.