Zim par­tic­i­pates in F4F pro­gramme

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Sikhum­buzo Moyo in Mos­cow, Rus­sia

YOUNG Zim­bab­wean par­tic­i­pants Al­lan Kapiri and Awakhiwe Ncube be­lieve the Foot­ball for Friendship (F4F) pro­gramme in Rus­sia has lived true to its key val­ues.

The pro­gramme, which has been in ex­is­tence since 2013, aims to pro­mote friendship, equal­ity, fair­ness, health, peace, devo­tion, vic­tory, tra­di­tions and hon­our.

Par­tic­i­pants are 12-year-old girls and boys, in­clud­ing those with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as journalists from 211 coun­tries within the frame­work of the Foot­ball for Friendship In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Press Cen­tre.

Kapiri is a coach of one of the teams called Wood Peck­ers made up of play­ers from seven dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties, while Ncube is one of the 211 young journalists from across the globe.

“We are en­joy­ing our stay here so far. We have made many friends from around the world and I think the pro­gramme is re­ally liv­ing true to its found­ing val­ues,” said Ncube in an in­ter­view at the Sap­san Arena.

Be­sides be­ing a “jour­nal­ist” Ncube is also a mem­ber of the Wood Peck­ers team coached by Kapiri and whose mem­bers are from Gu­atemala, Nicaragua, Ger­many, Beliz, Canada and Slo­vakia.

Each team is trained by young coaches of be­tween 14-16 years from dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

Kapiri’s team played two games, win­ning one and los­ing the other, but Ncube was con­fi­dent they would pro­ceed to the knockout stages.

The to­tal amount of F4F sup­port­ers has grown to over three mil­lion in five years and the project has won 17 in­ter­na­tional and Rus­sian awards in the field of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

In April, 32 in­ter­na­tional teams of friend­ships were formed.

Ncube and Kapiri are ac­com­pa­nied by Zifa tech­ni­cal direc­tor Wil­son Mutekede and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, Xolisani Gwe­sela.

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