Mane sends Liverpool shirts to orphans
Orphans in Malawi are set to receive over
100 Sadio Mane Liverpool shirts donated after the forward changed squad number in the summer.
Mane took up Liverpool’s No. 10 jersey in July after it had previously been worn by Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool then offered supporters who had purchased Mane No.
19 shirts before the switch was announced the opportunity of a like-for-like exchange for a Mane No. 10 strip. Those No. 19 shirts have now been gathered and handed to KitAid, who are working with Friends of Mulanje Orphans (FOMO) to distribute the kit to the underprivileged children in Malawi.
“It’s like a dream for the children in the villages, getting a t-shirt that they never thought they would get,” Mary Woodworth, founder of FOMO told ESPN FC. “It’s just magical basically.
“Sadio Mane is from Africa, his name is just everywhere. To see the t-shirt of Sadio Mane will just be overwhelming.
“It will make a big difference, especially in the villages. Because they don’t have the means of getting any money or to be able to buy one t-shirt. It’s a dream come true [for them].”
KitAid is a charity that recycles unwanted football kits and then distributes them to some of the world’s poorest countries.
On Saturday, ESPN FC attended one of their kit-sorting sessions at a church near Everton’s Goodison Park, where over 2,200 pieces of kit were packed ahead of being sent to Africa.
“We have a saying, which is: ‘It’s more than just a shirt,’” founder Derrick Williams told ESPN FC. “And it really is because when you go out you see the kids that are desperate for football kit to be part of a team.
“We hear stories where if they haven’t got kit then their team isn’t allowed into a league, which is really heartbreaking.
“We work through the whole football pyramid. So it’s great that we get Everton, Liverpool, Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Watford helping us, but it’s actually important that we’re there as an outlet all the way down the pyramid.