Oppsal IF from Norway and Runda Youth Sports Association from Kenya have during the week shown that Gothia Cup is so much more than just football. The Norwegians have shown solidarity, friendship and sportsmanship by providing the Kenyan team with football shoes, clothes and contribute with money so they can afford the school fees.
A couple of weeks ago, Gothia Cup website published an article/movie about Runda Youth Sports Association. The team from a shantytown in Nairobi, Kenya, has sacrificed a lot for coming to Gothenburg and participate in Gothia Cup. Oppsal IF, noticed their coming opponent’s living conditions and began to act.
“Oppsal came to the first game with shoes, clothes and they also had in their mind to play more slow than usual since we only got one substitut. After the game they decided to catch up next day and yesterday we had lunch together were the Norwegians organized everything”, says Kalle Hellman, who is involved in the non-profit association ‘Rysa Marafiki’ who’s helping the Kenyan team.
The team from Kenya couldn’t thank the Norwegian enough, but letting everyone knows about their effort by talking to us at Gothia Cup was an obvious choice.
“We became overwhelmed by their friendly gesture were they even collect money to us during the week and those money will cover some of the guys school fees back home. It’s fantastastic. We alredy talking about develop this cooperation in the future”, says Kalle Hellman.