The world’s largest youth football tournament “Gothia Cup 2012” brought together different countries from all continents around the world. About 80 countries were present at the tournament out of which 8 countries represented the African continent. These countries were Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia.
Most of these African countries came with different age groups to contest with their colleague from other part of the world. They also share the multicultural environment and experience the Swedish meal and life style. As a means of connecting these Africans to the Scandinavian countries, Skandik Afrik crew went round to speak with most of these participants that came from the African continent. It was a means of connecting them with other Gothians, celebrate their every moment in the Gothia Cup tournament, create awareness to other Africans about their matches. Furthermore, to gather support for them and make them feel more at home throughout the period they were in Gothenburg and above all to make each and every one of them a winner.
We also interviewed the team coaches to know what they were doing to develop football in their home countries, what they felt about the Gothia Cup tournament and or the Swedish people, what experiences they had gathered etc
There were two teams that came from Uganda, the Kampala Junior team boys 15 & 18. According to Ngamita Paroza, The Kampala Junior team academy was established to promote the needs of disadvantage children situated in Kisenyi II parish, the suburb area of Kampala in Uganda. (Read more about their activities at www.kampalajuniorteam.com
The Kampala Junior team boys 15 came second in the boys 15 category after losing to ACBB Paris from France. Here was what Ngamita Paroza had to say about the boy’s performance during the Gothia Cup 2012.
Interview with Ngamita Paroza on development of football in Uganda
Kampala Junior Team boys 15 from Uganda at Kviberg Gothia Cup centre
KJT from Uganda struggling with the ball from Stars & Stripe from USA
Kampala Junior Team in control of the ball
Kampala Junior team with Stars and Stripes from USA
Uganda team at the leaders party
The Kenyans were represented by St Andrews School, The Kisumu day and Sags soccer. The Kisumu Day were boys within the age group 16 who were sponsored to the Gothia Cup tournament by SKF Sweden through the assistance of FAB, Föreningen Afrikas Barn ( www.afrikasbarn.se ), a Swedish aid agency based in Gothenburg through their Sub Saharan contact person Mr. James Diang´a. The association encourages the under privilege youths in Kisumu county through sport development to realize their dreams and showcase their skills to the world. Listen to what the coordinator of the Kisumu Day said about the tournament ..
Interview with James Diang´a from Kenya
Kisumu Day boys 16 from Kenya at Heden centre before the match
Kisumu boy with Stensätra IF from Sweden struggling for the control of the ball
Kisumu boys with Pequeninos do Jockey from Brasil
Kisumu boy with Stensätra IF from Sweden
Kenyan coaches with Skandik Afrik crew at the leaders party
It was dreams come through for both Zasp stars and the Breakthough Chiparamba from Zambia. Unlike the Breakthrough Chiparamba which has participated in Gothia Cup many times with four trophies to their credit, the Zasp stars made their first appearance this year. We interview both the Zasp stars and Breakthrough Chiparamba representatives and capture some of their great moments in the matches.
Breakthrough Chiparamba representative expresses his mind on Swedish people
Zambian Breakthrough Chiparamba boys 18 team at Majvallen
Breakthrough Chiparamba with Fässberg IF from Sweden
Unite the world through football
Balfour Alexandra FC, Edenvale Football Club, Harrys Young Lions, Robertsham F.C. were all from South Africa which participated in Gothia Cup 2012. However Skandik Afrik met with the Harrys Young Lions boys 13 which were sponsored to Gothia Cup by Harrys Foundation ( www.harrys.se ), a Swedish company. Harrys Foundation helps and support youth in Isikhokelo Primary School in shanty town Khayelitsha through sport and some other projects like disease preventing to make the community a safer place .See the young player’s best moment captioned by our photographer and watch the interview granted by the principal of the school about Swedish people, Gothia cup and much more..
Harrys Young Lions representatives tells what Gothia Cup means to her team
Harrys Young Lions team boys 13 at Bergsjövallen
Gothia Cup tournament Director, Lena with a counterpart on the stage
Award time at leaders party while Lena looks on
Lena presenting award at the leaders party
Photograph by; Katrin Nilsson and Stefan Surya Andersson.
Video by; Gloria Matuka
Written and edited by ; Kenneth Fagbe