Blantyre will be filled with fun this weekend as street football takes centre stage at Chisomo Children’s Club behind Sunbird Mount Soche and Surestream Stadium Upper Ground in Chilomoni Township.
Although they appear as similar events and happening in the commercial city, these are two different competitions with incomparable formats, unique purposes and separate sponsors.
The 250 000 Chisomo Children’s Club Bonanza on Sunday will be a four-a-side contest that will be participated by 12 teams of street kids of various age groups from Chilomoni, Mbayani, Ndirande and Soche townships while the K40 000 event at Surestream on Saturday will be a seven-a-side bonanza organised by Chilomoni Township resident Eric Nyekanyeka for Under-15 children around the fold.
According to Chisomo Children’s centre manager Auspicious Ndamuwa, their bonanza, to be spiced up by poems, songs and dances, aims at helping children on behavioral change and identifying talents for next year’s Homeless World Cup, whose host country is yet to be named.
“We will have 15-minute games for both junior and senior street children of both genders,” said Ndamuwa, who was accompanied by the event’s organising secretary Mzee Makawa, upon visiting The Nation yesterday.
On the other hand, Nyekanyeka said their competition at Surestream Stadium upper ground “is a youthful community development initiative aimed at motivating children through appreciating their play skills, which will help them to stay away from immoral behavior.”