‘Street kid’ off to France

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati Miki­aMiki Kalati

Kick­4life is mak­ing the dream of a 15-year-old ‘ street kid’, Mot­latsi Molomo, come true by tak­ing him to the 2016 Street foot­ball World fes­ti­val in france.

The event is set for 1-8 July in Lyon. Ac­cord­ing to Kick­4life Di­rec­tor of foot­ball and head of del­e­ga­tion, chris Bul­lock, Molomo will be among a group of five young­sters who will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the event which uses foot­ball as a tool to change lives for the bet­ter.

“We are off to france in July as part of the euro­pean cham­pi­onship,” Bul­lock said.

“Ba­si­cally, Kick­4life is a mem­ber of a net­work of or­gan­i­sa­tions called Street foot­ball World. it’s a net­work which con­nects a lot of foot­ball, and so­cial de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions across the world. So they are run­ning a fes­ti­val in france.

“each of those or­gan­i­sa­tions has been in­vited to take a del­e­ga­tion of youths and a young leader as well as a leader from that or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“There will be a work­shop, a two-day foot­ball fes­ti­val and a chance for the youths to in­ter­act, as well as the or­ga­ni­za­tions to net­work. This is about the kids; a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity and hope­fully the guys will come back af­ter hav­ing learnt a lot and made new friends.

“They have to learn about how foot­ball can be used to change lives and i think it will be a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for all of us. So we ba­si­cally got four youths be­tween the ages of 14 and 18, who are in­volved in our ac­tiv­i­ties at Kick­4life.”

Bul­lock said they are still look­ing for spon­sor­ship for the trip.

“We hope com­pa­nies will see this as a great op­por­tu­nity not only for the kids be­cause Le­sotho as a whole will ben­e­fit from this.

“We are look­ing for about M100 000 for the trip.”

Mean­while, Molomo said he was very ex­cited about the trip as he be­lieves foot­ball can help the world beat poverty.

“i have been pas­sion­ate about foot­ball from a young age and my dream is to make it big through the game,” Molomo said.

“i work hard all the time and i’m also will­ing to go back to school if i get that chance.

“Life has been tougher liv­ing as a street, but foot­ball has helped a lot as i in­ter­act with peo­ple reg­u­larly play­ing for Kick­4life.

The Ha Thamae-born young­ster who is now liv­ing on the streets on Maseru said go­ing to france is a great chance and he would be mak­ing the best of that op­por­tu­nity. LCS face Bantu in the semi­fi­nal of the LNIG Top8 tour­na­ment, while arm army side LDF lock horns with Li­oliL in the other penul­ti­mate tie of the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion. Mashesh­ena booke booked their semi­fi­nal place af­ter a 2-0 win over Likhopo in the two-leggedtwo-legge quar­ter­fi­nal while Bantu out­playe out­played Lik­ila 6-1 in the other quar­ter­fi­nal clash.

In the other quarte quar­ter­fi­nal fix­ture, LDF beat Mat­lama 2 2-0, with Li­oli thrash­ing Sun­dawan Sun­dawana 7-3 in the other quar­ter­fi­nal enc en­counter.

The semi­fi­nals take place at Set­soto Sta­dium on 9 Ap April, while the fi­nal is sched­uled for the fol­low­ing day at the same venu venue.

LCS’ last cup suc­cess­suc was the 2008 Vo­da­com Spec­tac­u­lar,Spect while they last won the le league ti­tle in 2002/3. On the other hand, Ldf’s last cup tri­umph was the 2000 in­de­pen­dence Top4, w with their last

“Go­ing to france is a great op­por­tu­nity for me be­cause i will get a chance to meet new peo­ple from other coun­tries. i will learn a lot from them be­cause i still be­lieve i can turn my life around and help those around me who are also liv­ing un­der painful con­di­tions,” he said.

Mot­latsi Molomo (cen­tre) with other street kids.

lcs coach Mpitsa Marai.

Mot­latsi Molomo.

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