Tanzania world Cup win to light hope to street Children

Tanzania world Cup win to light hope to street Children

Tanzania world Cup win to light hope to street Children

Photo courtesy of Street child world Cup

Tanzania are the new 2014 street Child World Cup Champions after defeating fellow East African side Burundi 3-1 at Estadio Das Laranjeirs in Rio de Janeiro Brazil on Sunday a sweet victory for Tanzania as they were losing finalist during the 2010 edition.

“We’re happy because in 2010 we were in the final but didn’t win the cup. We’re representing all the children in Tanzania, and we hope we’ve made them proud.”

Team Tanzania is organized by Tanzania Street Children Sports Academy which works with around 300 street children. TSCSA works in three areas; outreach through street-based work, using sport as an educational tool through work in schools and running a football academy.

Team Burundi is organized by New Generation, which is fostering relations between boys from different ethnic backgrounds in a country scarred by civil war. The players are former street children, who New Generation are working to get back into the community and education.

Tanzania coach Suleiman Jabir said that the win will be a vehicle to increasing their delivery of support to children: “We hope we can use this as a stepping stone, to help more children in Tanzania and to campaign to the government to pass policies to support children. But this isn’t just about Tanzania, this is about children everywhere.”

Kenya team organized by the Wema Center was also represented at the tournament but did not make it past the group stages.

Over 230 children from 19 countries will participate in a girls and a boys’ football tournament.

 Hosts Brazil defeated Philippines in the all women finals with a 1-0 score line.

 Infor courtesy of Steet Child World Cup

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