In less that one month, the Mexico City 2012 Homeless World Cup will take place in the heart of the Mexican Capital.
Teams from all around the world, including Italy, Zimbabwe, India and Nigeria will bring players to represent their country proudly and for one of them, win the Homeless World Cup trophy.
Current champions, Scotland, will try to keep their title with 8 new players.
Every donation you make helps us support our partners around the world and there are 73 of them! Our international annual tournament is the celebration of all the hard they do all year round and the opportunity for them to showcase the world how football can help homeless people.
With the tournament approaching so fast, we wanted to tell you about some of the teams' preparations!
The Italy team held a 3-day training camp in Gatteo Mare. 15 players were invited to play in front of Italian coaches who will pick the final 8 to compete in Mexico City.
Zimbabwe are stepping up their preparations for the Homeless World Cup in Mexico City and coach Farai Mweta is confident of bringing home some silverware.
The Zimbabwe Youth Achievement Sports for Development have already selected nine players to take part in Mexico City. Seven of the team’s players were drawn from Hartcliffe Extension while the other two are from Mbare and Mutoko, respectively.
Coach Farai Mweta is optimistic ahead of Mexico City: “There are still a lot of things which need attention. For instance, players are still training without soccer boots and football shirts. The challenges might be there but I am still confident we can bring one of the trophies home because we are working with a talented group of players who are hungry for success. We want to go and lift our Zimbabwean flag high out there.”
The Indian team from Slumsoccer-KVS would be representing India at the Homeless World Cup Mexico 2012.
The girls who participated in the Women’s National Slum Soccer Championship held at Nagpur recently and selected to represent the Indian contingent, are currently in full preparation for the world cup in Mexico. Thenmozhi, Shilpa, Shankari, Pavitra, Mahadevi, Rukmini, Nikita and Divyaganga are all youngsters who have tried to not let their backgrounds get the better of them. Most of their mothers are daily laborers and some of their fathers are violent alcoholics and almost all have had an oppressed childhood. And yet, the girls have no fear of going head to head with their counterparts from other parts the world. More importantly, they are able to assess themselves objectively. “My coordination and stamina have improved with training and being selected to represent India has given my confidence a boost!” chirps Thenmozhi. She playfully groans about the rigours of training; calling it a lot of hard work!! But she realizes that thanks to the opportunity provided by Slum Soccer, she has a future where she can help more girls from similar backgrounds to break the shackles of poverty and see their hopes culminate into reality. She feels training for football is a stepping stone to a better future, with all its concurrent benefits.
Nigeria has announced its first ever women’s squad for the Homeless World Cup, to be held in Mexico City from October 6-12, while the Netherlands women will be represented by the team from Utrecht who won the recent Dutch Street Cup.Search and Groom, a community project in Nigeria which focuses on sports for social development, selected its squad after three weeks of trials. Nine players were selected and a further six players are on standby.Six of the players were selected from Lagos, Sarah Iloduba, Toyosi Alogba, Nimot Ahmad, Peace Ozehudu, Sudan Abidoye and Omolara Kolawole, plus Regina Otu, Glory Henshaw and Edikan Udoh from Calabar, with Rita Monday, Funmilola Adediran, Ololade Fadoyin, Damilola Omotosho, Uduak Jimmy and Ruth Unwana on standby.
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