BULAWAYO – At least 44 schools from Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Matabeleland South and Midlands will benefit from the Chevrolet-backed, One World Futbol initiative that seeks to donate 1.5 million durable footballs to disadvantaged communities around the world.
One World Futbol’s local partner, the Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP), on Friday handed over 500 footballs which are part of a consignment of 5 000 footballs donated to Zimbabwe.
Speaking on the sidelines of the presentation ceremony which was held at White City Stadium, Dumisani Nyoni, the ORAP chief strategy officer, said his organisation was working with schools in education and development areas.
“We have a partnership with One World Futbol and our mission is to distribute the footballs and we are reaching out to Zifa and clubs to avail coaches to schools so that we use sport as a tool for development,” Nyoni said.
One World Futbol representative Sandra Cress told journalists that their footballs were designed specifically for the African continent.
“The One World Futbol was designed by Tim Jahnigen after he had seen refugee youths playing football using trash balls in Darfur and he came up with this idea of creating a unique football that does not have an air bladder and can last for a long time.
“It is made out of injected foam that is similar to shoe cross but has got the same density like a standard football with the major difference being that it can withstand harsh conditions,” Cress said.
The Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Tabeth Kanengoni Malinga was the guest of honour at the presentation ceremony which was also attended by Zifa Vice president Ndumiso Gumede and government officials.