The maiden Global Goals World Cup East Africa is set for Women’s Day, March 8 at the StarTimes stadium, Lugogo.
The all-women five-aside tournament aims at giving women a chance to experience the power of Sports and football in particular.
Mariam Mpaata, the CEO of Afrika Sport Foundation Centre, said that it is going to be an exciting time for the women and they shouldn’t stay at home on Women’s day.
“Uganda is privileged to be the host of the five East Africa Nations. It is a great honour to show our passion,” she said.
Eligible players to feature in the event will come from Women groups and other organizations and 28 teams have already registered; with six and two coming from Kenya and Tanzania respectively.
Mpaata that more teams are expected to register to hit the figure of at least 35.
“One of the tournament objectives is to create awareness around the sustainable development goals which UN and its member countries stipulated in 2016 to be achieved by 2030. We still have 10 years and we have to put in a lot of effort. We want to overcome poverty and zero hunger,” she explained.
This is an amateur tournament for Women above 18 who have not played top level football. The organizers intend to make the world a better place and to use sport as a powerful tool to do that is a very exciting thing.
There will be a team of grandmothers, a team of deaf women with the tournament set to start at 9am before ending on 6pm.