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Dreams Of The Soccer Queens

By David Njihia Mwakodi,  March 22nd 2012 – It is a sunny Sunday at the dusty field of Mukarara Primary School, Waithaka in Dagoretti. My friend Amos, an alumnus of Harambee Youth Kenya has invited me to watch the Soccer Queens, a girls’ football team that he coaches. I sit up a hill and watch in silence as the girls sweat it out in the field.

A pass here, a shot there and a cloud of dust forms in the air. Covered in this dust is a group of girls from the slums defying all odds determined to make it big in soccer. They don’t even have cleats; they share any shoe that comes along.

Their determination, hard work and discipline withstanding. Their dream is to be the best soccer team in Kenya and Africa in the near future, a sport that has been dominated by men.FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, states as part of its mission a desire to use the game in “overcoming social and cultural obstacles for women with the ultimate aim of improving women’s standing in society.”

Caroline Akinyi balancing the ball on her head

I now I understand why it was such an experience for Mark Orrs as he tells it on this video the THE SOCCER QUEENS.  Mark Orrs is a long time friend and the Co- founder of Harambee Youth Kenya

On my way back home, Amos shows me a Football Kenya Federation fixture where these girls are set to play their first game with Gaspo FC in Thika at Jomo Kenya University of Agricultural Technology on 1st April 2012.

The venue is about 60 km away from Waithaka. Their coaches’ biggest worry now is how they will make it to their first dream game. I am lost in thoughts and then he comes up with a brilliant idea.

 The girls on a training session

What about inviting friends to come next weekend and play a friendly game with these girls? The team will offer them a pair of uniform to play with. In return they will make a contribution towards the girls’ transport to their first fixture game. They need at least Ksh. 10,000 to make it there.

When I listened to this, I thought about all my friends out there who would be willing to assist these girls. What about joining Soccer queens for a friendly match this coming Sunday? We can make it a great day for them and for us too. To learn how you can join and or offer support gets in touch with Amos Kimani on soccerqueens@ymail.com .

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