Football Team 2008
Written By Ian McManus
In June, sixteen men from Northern Ireland travelled to Uganda as part of the Abaana 'Football4Africa' team. The team consisted of both amateur league players and social footballers who were out to make a big difference in peoples lives through the beautiful game. In total the team played seven games in two weeks, including two professional teams. Away from playing, they worked with street kids in Kampala and at the Abaana re-homing project. Kids in desperate situations on the streets are taken in and given the opportunity of a lifetime, inclusive of a safe living environment and educational development.
The team also sponsored two football tournaments, one of which they played in and won, in front of an appreciative crowd of well over 2,000 people! The second involved various Abaana schools pitting their wits against each other in an extremely enjoyable day when each school received a new kit and various prizes. All in all the team had a life changing experience, getting to emulate their heroes by pulling on the Northern Ireland jersey and changing lives and bringing smiles in the process. (Ian McManus)