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Grandmothers register for Global Goals World Cup

By Faith Kiai

Added 18th February 2020 06:22 AM

The group is a community-based organization based at Kiwango trading centre in Mukono district.

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Breaking footballing barriers. Grandmas are speaking the language of football. (Courtesy photo)

The group is a community-based organization based at Kiwango trading centre in Mukono district.

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KAMPALA - About 32 women amateur football teams from various walks of life are expected to register for the Global Goals World Cup East Africa slated for March 8 at the StarTimes Stadium.

The teams, which vary from grandmothers to doctors and journalists, are all determined to come together to promote the sustainable development goals.

The standout team so far is the Abigail's Grandmaz, a team of grandmothers who come from an organization called Abigail Women Fashion and Design.

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The group is a community-based organization based at Kiwango trading centre in Mukono district, 5km from Seeta along the Kampala-Jinja highway.

“It has been fascinating watching the grandmothers play football," said team manager Wilbur Bakulu.

"It is something new for them, but they are determined to make it work.

"In the beginning they were falling all over the pitch, but now they have gained coordination and are enjoying the practice games."

 he tournament kicks off on arch The tournament kicks off on March 8. (Courtesy photo)

 

The essence of the games is to not only promote amateur football in Uganda but also help the women promote the sustainable development goals through the Global Goals World Cup.

The team of grandmothers fits the brief because they have the platform to push the UNDP message to their community.

Abigail trains her members to earn through sweater knitting, crafts like shoemaking, compound designs, and growing compound flowers for sale.

This shows that the tournament is about a lot more than just football and will also look towards empowering all who will take part.

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