Soccer Divas was up in celebration over a number
The club which
is made up of amateur players both younger and older women
have had no home grounds for the last four months.
This made it
different for them to execute on its main objectives of
advocating for women issues, networking, exercise and having fun
However last week
things changed for the three-year-old club when Serani Sports
Club came to their rescue.
The two clubs came
into a partnership that will now see Soccer Divas train there
every Saturday from 8 am to 10 am.
The women were very
jubilant when they made their first debut at the sports grounds
The players met the
board members Mohammed Noor and Salim Rashid who assured the
players of the club’s support.
The same day the
club celebrated turning three years but their biggest news that
carried the day was the invitation to participate in the
upcoming Global Goals World Cup in South Africa this October.
This will be the
second time Soccer Divas will take part in the global event.
In 2017, they missed
winning the trophy when they were eliminated at the
The club, however,
celebrated the fact that MTG, Kilifi won the tournament and
later headed to the USA to again win the global goals.
It was a beautiful
win for Kenya.
This year, however,
Soccer Divas want to do better and have intensified their
training at their new home grounds as they prepare for their
second appearance at the prestigious global event.
The global goals
event uses the tournament to advocate for the 17 global goals
and encourages participating teams to pick on a goal.
This year Soccer
divas will play for goal number 6 which is gender equality,
particularly because they want to see equal support for women
football both at local and international structures.
Mariam Mpaata the
captain of the club says that women football should be supported
in equal measures. There are so much passion and positive
attributes that are coming out of women playing football.
She added that
“Currently, for example, as we prepare to head to South Africa
and represent our country, we have some talented women who can
do us proud but they are unable to finance their travel budget,
so getting support for them is going to be an uphill task for
I am very much aware
that football in general needs more support especially here in
Africa, but women in sports really need support because they are
more vulnerable financially.
There is however so
much glory and development that women football can bring to an
individual and the world.
I believe that the
trick in understanding what impact they can create if supported
still lies in the statement, “empower women football, then you
have empowered a whole football sector.”
As Soccer divas
continue to prepare for their maiden trip to South Africa they
call upon the county government and the corporate world to give
them in this bid to make Mombasa and Kenya proud.