In the end, Love conquers all! The Inclusive World Championship ended last week in Maputo, where for one month mixed teams (girls and boys) competed to promote sport, celebrate community and create leaders.
Following in the footsteps of one of the world's best footballers of all time, the legendary Eusebio. More than two hundred children, in the Polana - Caniço neighborhood, could taste the sweet sensation of attending a World Cup last month and feel like true football stars. When all eyes were in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, young girls and boys, fighting against social exclusion and discrimination, held their world championship.
The Inclusive World Cup was organized by Favela United ( www.favela- united.com
), a non-governmental organization registered in the Netherlands, which develops football projects in Brazil, Mozambique and Côte d'Ivoire.
The competition was based on three concepts:The game
The competition was designed to challenge the young, on and off the field and creating a safe place where all of them could enjoy the freedom to play football.Impact - Young Leaders
On and off the field, young people have gained basic skills, knowledge and tools to become "FU Life Captains" - champions of their own destinies. By sharing their experiences and knowledge with others, they will have a positive impact on the new generation of young people and they will become generators of change within their own communities.Celebrating the Community
The Community is the key to this comprehensive program, as well as World Championship celebrations, music and dance to attract, inspire and create a positive inclusive influence on everyone. By giving the community the freedom to express themselves on and off the field, its members connect by making new bonds of friendship.
Inclusive teams, of girls and boys, with names such as: PEACE, CONNECT, HEALTH, HAPPINESS, EQUALITY, CONFIDENCE, RESPECT, HOPE, PRIDE, SECURITY, LOVE, HONESTY and SOLIDARITY, competed in a competition with the same format as the World Cup of groups, qualifying and final.
In the end, the PRIDE team lost to LOVE but everyone won happiness.
Source: Folha de Maputo