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Soccer Divas Prepare for South Africa Debut at New Home Grounds

Coastweek -- Soccer Divas was up in celebration over a number of things.

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 through football.

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 last Saturday.

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 quarterfinals.

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 me.

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.

           

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