Anticipation, tension and excitement filled the air at Woodley Stadium in Nairobi on Saturday 29th May. This was the day that the John Packard Family Cup football tournament reached its climax with the final matches being played to decide the winners of each category.
The tournament was launched in March and ran throughout the school holidays in April, giving over 2,000 children and youths a focus for the time they were out of school. Partnership with CARE Kenya meant that the children were also given some health education and mentoring while they weren’t on the pitch. Over 450 matches were played throughout the tournament in which 119 teams competed.
On finals day there were 5 key matches, 3 of which went to the wire with penalty shoot-outs being played to determine the winning team. The results were as follows:
Under 10s Mixed SHOFCO Juniors 1 – 0 Little Rocks
Under 12 Boys Sprinting Juniors 0 – 0 Catalans (Sprinting Juniors won 3-2 on penalties)
Under 14 Boys SHOFCO 1 – 1 Gladiators (Gladiators won 7-6 on penalties)
Under 15 Girls Christ Ambassadors 1 – 1 CFK (Christ Ambassadors won 3-2 on penalties)
Under 16 Boys Young Super Talents 2 – 0 Sadili
As the penalties were taken and winners celebrated, the sound of the vuvuzela could be heard around the stadium, adding to the occasion and to the World Cup fever which is starting to spread throughout Kenya and the continent.
The theme for the tournament was “Education and Sports”, reinforcing the work that Kibera Mpira Mtaani is doing to improve the education of children in the local community. The video featured here shows some of these children explaining why education is important to them. Please take a few minutes to watch this and see the great work that Kibera Mpira Mtaani is doing in this area. This message was made loud and clear by MC GG Spice who kept the crowd amused and informed at the finals event and praised Kibera Mpira Mtaani and Vision Africa for the work they have been doing in Kibera.
Also present at the event were journalists from the local radio station PamojaFM. This station has been very supportive of Kibera Mpira Mtaani and decided to interview the coach of the winning Under 16s team, Young Super Talents, live on air after the match. One of the journalists was also invited to present the awards for the Under 16s category.
Now that the tournament has drawn to a close....it's time to prepare for the next one which is scheduled to take place in August. As World Cup fever grips, please take the opportunity to support a project which is combing education and soccer to help young children in Kenya.
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