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Kagisho Dikgacoi © Backpagepix

'KG' considers 'changing' surname

South Africa's Kagisho Dikgacoi has joked that he might have to change his surname to something simpler for international broadcasters to get their tongues around during the World Cup.

The imposing midfielder, who is expected to start on Friday's opening match of the tournament against Mexico at Johannesburg's Soccer City, laughed about the inability of commentators in England to properly pronounce his name during broadcasts of games for his Premier League club Fulham last season.

"I don't know what I have to do to get them to pronounce it correctly. Maybe I might have to change my surname," he told a news conference on Monday.

Dikgacoi is a tongue-twisting Tswana surname pronounced , with a throaty and guttural accent on the letter g. But last season he was called DICK-GA-TCHOI in broadcasts.

Dikgacoi signed for Fulham last August from South African side Golden Arrows and was a non-playing substitute in last month's Europa League final which the west London side lost against Atletico Madrid in Hamburg.


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