The month of March has gone fast here in Congo. With the knowledge that it’s only a month left before we go back to Sweden, we want to make the most of the time here in Congo and especially the football school. Lovely memories and experiences we’ve had during the past six months, and the best of course together with all the children and leaders. Therefore, I dedicate this newsletter a little extra for those who, by being unique, make Gothia to a special football school here in Brazzaville.
15-year-old Rose is a girl that has really impressed me. Even though Rose has only played football for about six months, she is one of the few who always been in training despite the sometimes low attendance of girl teams. But what especially makes it always good to see Rose is her open and positive attitude. Although she is new at Gothia she is already a person who makes other people feel at home both on and off the field.
A guy who can really light up a day at Gothia is 12-year old Benit. He’s always smiling and often starts the day by politely asking in Swedish: -”Hej hur mår du?- Jag mår bra”. (Hi, how are you? I am fine) He is a lovely guy who is curious to learn and he presently knows many other phrases in swedish.
Another girl who is truly great is France. As the only girl on Thomas Ankara, one can imagine that she does not always has it easy. But France has an obvious role and is a real role model. She has the ability to gather the group and is a really good team player. She is by the way one of four girls from Gothia been selected to go to Point Noire to be part of a nationwide camp for girls. Maybe it will be something great of her in football one day? She is totally worth it!
In March, we celebrated the International Women’s Day. First, with a full day excursion for all the girls to Mansimou and also a day of great music and sports. The leaders talked to the girls about the importance of sports and encouraged curios people who came by to look to be part of Gothia School. The Gymnastics team had a great and popular show with a lot of flips and dancing to Shakira’s ”waka waka”, and there was even time for a little volleyball and soccer for everyone.
Every Saturday of march it has been played friendly games at Mfilo. From the players’ point of view, it means a lot to play and compete against other teams and a match at Gothia means a festivity for the entire neighborhood. Young and old gather and the walls around the field get packed of curious spectators. Although the coaches are trying to avoid it, it is difficult to prevent the storm of children that rushes out on the field and jump and scream in sheer joy when a goal is scored (not least for the home team). It says a lot about the mood and the joy when it’s game time at CF Gothia Brazzaville.
Thanks to all of you who are part of and support the football school in Congo-Brazzaville!
Greetings from the football volunteers – By Stina