Sierra Leone First Edition: Beating homelessness through football
Sierra Leone will be hosting its first ever homeless football tournament in Freetown the capital city in preparation for the selection for National team that will represent the country hopefully in France 2011 World cup.
Sierra Express Media has learnt that this organization is a newly found Football Association for homeless youths; they were inspired by the just concluded homeless World Cup in Brazil.
According to the Coordinator Abdul Karim Koroma, they have travelled all over Sierra Leone to inform Sierra Leoneans, especially the youth that are at presently doing nothing good with their life to join them in this good venture.
“This is a great inspiration for Sierra Leonean youths, 16 teams will challenge in our maiden edition which will be a trials ground to select a national team for the World Cup in France next year”. Koroma said.
“The tournament will be hosted in Freetown, we are yet to finalize the ground but it will last for just a week, this is not like the normal football it is play for just 30 minutes, 15 minutes each half with four players per team”. He noted.
They are expecting the International body to consider their request in participation in France come 2011, where the next homeless World Cup will start from 21-28 August 2011. And it is the 9th edition.
Meanwhile, just recently in Brazil the homeless players show world leaders how to end poverty, as world leaders meet in New York to discuss global poverty. Mel Young points to the homeless players in Rio showing them how it is done.
As UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon claimed that reaching agreed targets for poverty reduction was still possible despite being well behind schedule, the real people who live in poverty, but whose voices are never heard, were making a big splash in sun drenched Rio.
The world leaders are so good at public relations that they believe their own hot air and live in a different reality to anyone else. They are exceptional at talking a lot and incapable of action on the ground.
Today in Rio there was a tremendous spirit amongst the players as the Homeless World Cup got into its stride. What characterizes the event is the colour, the singing and the smiles. This just generates a fantastic spirit which is infectious. Armed with only a ball, a smile and a really positive attitude, these players are showing what is possible despite the fact that they have nothing in a material sense.
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