Did You Know ...

... Former Morton and Denmark player Kai Johansen was instrumental in breaking down race barriers in South African football during apartheid.

In his book Football Against The Enemy Simon Kuper travels the world to 'discover the sometimes bizarre effects football can have on politics and culture'. In a chapter on South African football he tells how on the 18th of February 1977 manager Kai Johansen picked black goalkeeper / striker Vincent Julius to play for his Arcadia Shepherds team in a match in the white-only league. As a result the South African government decided to merge the white and black leagues and allow the players to play side-by-side for the first time.

Sadly, Johansen died in May this year.

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