Photos of some of the footballs we collected throughout East and Southern Africa as part of the “Trading Footballs” component of the Africa Goal project. The Africa Goal team trades genuine industry-standard footballs in exchange for locally hand-crafted footballs. These balls – made out whatever materials are easily available, including discarded plastic bags, fabric, string, wool, banana leafs, natural rubber, to name but a few – are a symbol of African creativity, a passion for football and ingenuity in the face of adversity. The fact that many people cannot afford to buy a football does not stop anyone from enjoying, and finding a way to play, the ‘beautiful game’. To date, the team have collected over 1000 unique hand-crafted footballs from ten different African countries – each with their own story. These footballs have been exhibited in galleries in the United States, Belgium, Israel, Kenya, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Among…
Day 17 – Chinyama Village, Malawi (near Salima): Nail-biting Penalty Shootout Brings the Crowd to Their Feet
Name: Michael Holmes Age: 11 Place: Nr. Chipata, Zambia Just over the Zambian border, near Chipata, we stopped outside ‘The Gunners Pub’ to pick up some water and met Michael Holmes, 11. Michael was playing with his friends with a ball he had made from melted plastic and scraps of plastic bag, nicely coloured by the accumulation of red dust…He was happy to exchange his creation for a ball donated to Africa Goal by Select Denmark. As Michael and co. began another kickabout with their new Select ball, we wondered if one day a certain Mr. Wenger might one day pay a visit to ‘The Gunners Pub’ to scout for a new playmaker while enjoying a cold Mosi.
Name: Elias Kiplagat Age: 13 Location: Kerio Valley, on the way to Eldoret “I made this ball out of plastic bags found on the road – we play every afternoon when it is not as hot….this is amazing! I had a real ball last year but it got punctured after two days.”
Name: Joseph Omondi Age: 12 Location: Just outside Rongo town, Western Kenya Joseph was thrilled to trade his homemade football constructed from layered plastic bags for a One World Futbol ‘almost indestructible’ ball – after the trade, he ran to catch up with his friends to show off his new ball and have a quick kickabout before school started: “Me and my friends play football on the way to school – it is our hobby – class starts in 10 minutes”
The Africa Goal project would not be possible without the generous support and donations of organisations, companies and individuals like you. Please visit our crowdsourcing campaign page in order to help us raise funds for the 2014 Africa Goal project, using Causevox and Stripe to process credit card donations simply and securely. All funds raised from the website go towards the purchase of necessary broadcasting equipment, HIV & AIDS awareness materials being developed in conjunction with our partners, travel costs as well as footballs for trading. Through our fundraising page you can see specific items we are fundraising for. To find out more details about the project as well as specific budget details please download the 2014 Africa Goal Project Proposal. Please follow the link to support Africa Goal – we are hugely grateful for any contribution that you can make.