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Best shirts find South African home
South African children wearing their new shirts
The children were delighted with their new football shirts
Hundreds of football shirts left after the death of George Best have found a good home in South Africa.

The jerseys were left in Belfast in tribute to the ex-Manchester United and Northern Ireland star after his death at the age of 59 last November.

Best's sister Barbara McNarry and her husband Norman went to KwaZulu Natal, to donate the shirts to young people.

The children were delighted to get the Manchester United shirts and football, items beyond most of their means.

Barbara said her brother did a lot to help children from deprived backgrounds and she was sure he would have wanted something like this to happen.

Barbara McNarry
Barbara McNarry said her brother would have been pleased

"Football, anywhere in the world, if it gives any child a chance to come through and shine, George would have loved it - he just adored the game," she said.

"Who knows? Maybe we'll find another George Best in South Africa - maybe not as good, but close!"

The pitch where the children play is bumpy and hard, and Norman McNarry said he hoped they could help to improve it in the future.

"They could get rid of the ant hills and flatten it out - it's on a slope which can't be helped but at least the holes could be filled in and the grass cut," he said.

"Poverty is so endemic here in this particular part of South Africa, and we just thought to ourselves that if we could do some small bit of good for them, that is what we should try and achieve.

Hundreds of football shirts were left at the Best family home
Football shirts were left at the Best family home

"With a bit of luck, this may go on from here and perhaps if we come back in 12 months, we can see a proper soccer pitch and a very enthusiastic soccer squad."

Tens of thousands of mourners applauded Best's coffin as it was driven to and from the funeral service at Stormont.

At Stormont, the crowds threw flowers and football shirts onto the hearse.

Shirts of various Irish, English and Scottish soccer teams were left in the front garden at the east Belfast home of Best's father Dickie.

More were draped from the gates at the front of Belfast City Hall, at Windsor Park where Best played for Northern Ireland, and close to his grave at Roselawn Cemetery.

See some of the children with their new football shirts

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