Tanzania to host 8-nation tourney

TANZANIA: TANZANIA is all set to host a new eight-team women’s football tournament in June this year.

The tournament is organised by the Homeless World Cup Foundation and will take place in Arusha for two days on June 29th and 30th.

Besides the host Tanzania, the confirmed participating teams include Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Future Stars Football Academy (FSA) will coordinate the event. Alfred Itaeli, Founder and Director of Future Stars Academy, confirmed, “Arusha, Tanzania will become the beacon of hope as eight nations come together for the first-ever Africa Women’s Cup. “From June 29th to 30th, 2024, the power of football transcends borders, uniting young women in a journey of empowerment, education and mentorship.”

According to Peter Tito, Marketing Manager for Future Stars, “The African Women Cup is held at the grounds of the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC) in the Kijenge area, adjacent to the Impala roundabout junction, along Njiro road.”

“We will be welcoming eight nations, each bringing women’s soccer teams to Tanzania,” he stated, adding that Future Stars Academy was coordinating the Women’s Cup in collaboration with their partners in Scotland, which goes by the name “Homeless World Cup.”

The tournament is one part of the initiative announced this year between the Homeless World Cup Foundation and the FIFA Foundation.

The new tournament is introduced to strengthen the Homeless World Cup Foundation’s commitment to grow the Women’s game across the globe.

Alongside the tournament, the project aims to educate and support African Member Countries in developing the game further across the country, as well as to empower women.

The project aims to achieve this through education both on and off the pitch. Participants will receive awareness of gender – based violence, access tools for prevention and protection from exploitation and be guided towards economic empowerment via vocational training.

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