By MICHAEL MIYOBA
RURAL Sports Foundation (RSF) Director Job Mwanza has hailed Soccer Gear for Zambia (SGZ) for pledging to support soccer academies in Zambia with sports jerseys and soccer balls.
More than 400 youths from 40-plus soccer academies are set to benefit from the soccer gear for Zambia project meant to empower local soccer academies with the right sports materials.
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Mwanza said he was impressed with the commitment shown by Soccer Gear for Zambia, an organization which collects and ships sports equipment from USA to Zambia.
Mwanza noted that the soccer jerseys and balls would motivate young people in Zambia to work on achieving their dreams of becoming legendary sports icons.
“we play without jerseys and sometimes we use “Chimpombwa”, a ball made using plastic bags tied together into a ball, but now we are excited to have partners such as Sports Gear for Zambia led by co-founder and director Laura Stukel who has pledged to send us soccer gear which will benefit a lot of soccer academies in Zambia.
“Registration for benefiting academies was completed and we are happy that in a few days’ time, the gear will be in and it will be distributed to the benefiting teams,” Mwanza said.
Meanwhile, SGZ co-founder and director Laura Stukel reaffirmed her organisations commitment to supporting the growth of sports in Zambia through the distribution of balls and jerseys to benefit local soccer academies.
“Soccer is a sport that unites the world. As our gear collection evolves we’re finding how much we have in common with the programmes in Zambia. It’s all about soccer kids in the US connecting with players across the globe and realizing that we all share a love for the game, community and personal growth.”
“There are many who want to play but unfortunately there are not so many footballs or football shoes which makes most of them play barefoot with a plastic bag ball as they do themselves. This is why we decided to partner with RSF which lends its material to the children who themselves want to play, and above all they share materials using the Soccer Gear for Zambia which in this now sends equipment from the United States,” Stukel said.
Overall, SGZ has managed to collect about 3,000 items meant to benefit children in Zambia through RSF, an organization which promotes change in rural areas through sports