All four of our boys soccer teams (Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Under 17) are currently participating in a tournament against other teams from throughout Kibera.
Their first match was today. The Under 12 and Under 14 teams unfortunately lost (3-0 and 1-0, respectively) and have been eliminated from the tournament.
The Under 17 team's opponent did not show up so they have automatically advanced to the next round.
The Under 10 team was scheduled to play two matches. They played really well and won the first match in an intense shootout. They did not miss a single goal, while the other team missed two. During the shootout, a giant crowd gathered to watch and all eyes were on the Uweza team. The boys were all so excited when they won, they were jumping all over each other, cheering and running around. Most (if not all) of the boys are from very poor families and many are orphans. It was really great to see them having such a good time and getting the chance to feel proud of themselves.
For their second match of the day, the opponent dropped out of the tournament so the Under 10 team will automatically advance to the semifinals. Prizes for the winners of the tournament include balls, shoes and new uniforms so keep your fingers crossed!
We also managed to provide lunch for all of the boys during the course of the day, which they seemed to enjoy almost as much as playing soccer.