Our Team


Ben Marais
National Director

Ben studied theology, pastored a church for 8 ½ years, worked as a sports coordinator and coach, as well as an executive life coach. With more than 10 years of experience in sports ministry he joined Ambassadors Football as National Director in 2013. Ben leads Ambassadors Football’s work in South Africa through mentoring staff and establishing partnerships. He is actively involved in empowering young leaders and local churches to use football to engage in disciple-making and to address fatherlessness, mobilising them to transform themselves, their families and communities.

E-mail: bmarais@ambassadorsfootball.org

 

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Sivuyile “Juju” Tabata
Relationship Officer – Drakenstein Prison Hope Academy

After finishing high school Juju studied theology before becoming involved in sports ministry. In 2008 he was part of the three months International Sports Leadership School in Stellenbosch. As Hope Academy Relationship officer Juju serves as liaison between the young men and their families. When they leave prison Juju guides them in finding jobs as well supporting them in their re-integration into their communities. Juju’s passion is the restoration of life and seeing men reaching their full potential as father figures in their families and communities.

E-mail: jtabata@ambassadorsfootball.org

 

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Roberto Mathys
Coaches development and Church empowerment

Rob joined the Cape Town team as a part-time staff member in January 2015. He facilitates Coaches Fellowship groups and assists in various Ambassadors Football programs in and around Cape Town. His number one passion is using football to invest in, connect with and empower students so that they can deal with life’s challenges and be better equipped to mentor others.

E-mail: rmathys@ambassadorsfootball.org

 

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Laura Neil
Finance Administration – Volunteer

Laura lives in Pretoria and grew up in a sporting family and played tennis and netball at school. Since January 2011 she has been part of Ambassadors, where she manages budgets, working with different project leaders to ensure Godly stewardship of funds donated from all over the world. Laura also liaise with Ambassadors Football’s offices in the US and Great Britain. Laura is passionate about being an ambassador for Christ and encouraging others to reach their full potential.

E-mail: lneil@ambassadorsfootball.org