Altaf Hirani’s efforts yield dividends in Brazil as Tanzania Street Children Sports Academy trained team wins the 2014 Street Child World Cup. Hirani was delighted with the outcome and the progress made since the last Street Child World Cup in South Africa.
Held ahead of each FIFA World Cup, the Street Child World Cup (SCWC) and Save the Children unite street children from across five continents to play football and attend a unique international conference. This year, in April 2014, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosted the second Street Child World Cup in which over 230 street children from 19 countries competed.
The Street Child World Cup is a global movement — having the support of Pope Francis, Prince William Duke of Cambridge, World Cup winners Gilberto Silva and Bebeto, football legend Zico and other important personalities — to help street children get the protection, rehabilitation and opportunities that all children are entitled to. Together they believe that no child should have to live on the streets.
This years winners were Altaf Hirani’s Tanzania Street Children Sports Academy (TSCSA) team. The TSCSA, which works with about 300 children, has three primary focus areas: street-based out reach, education through sports and running a football academy.
After narrowly losing the title to India in the 2010 event, staged in South Africa, the Mwanza-based team made no mistakes on their cruise into the podium, routing neighbours Burundi 3-1 in the finals and earned the praise of the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete. After the match Hirani said both teams joined together to stress that the Street Children World Cup was more than just a game, and congratulated the players from all teams at the tournament.
Also part of the event were a festival of arts and conference for children’s rights. The conference of children’s rights produced a statement of demands — the Rio Rights Declaration — which will be presented to the children’s home governments and the United Nations.
After the tournament the teams took in Brazil’s historical sites and were visited by former Brazilian internationals Gilberto Silva and Bebeto.
“These children have shown what they can do if they are given opportunities and the chance to flourish. The Street Child World Cup has been a great way to raise awareness of the global campaign to protect children.
– Altaf Hiran, President – Tanzania Street Children Sports Academy
Hongereni kwa kujituma na kucheza kwa ustadi. ongezeni bidii, nidhamu na mazoezi ya kutosha na hakika mtafanikiwa zaidi na kulibeba jina la Tanzania mbali zaidi ya hapa katika ulimwengu wa soka duniani, kwani hakuna kisichowezekana kama mtazingatia maelekezo, mafunzo, bidii na nidhamu ya yote mnayofanya.
Congratulations for your initiative and display of your skill. Increasing diligence, discipline and practice will surely make you succeed more and carry the name of Tanzania over here and in the world of football. because nothing is impossible if you focus on instruction and training, hard work and discipline.
– Hon. Prime Minister of Tanzania, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete lauding Team Tanzania
“We hope we can use this as a stepping stone to help more children in Tanzania and to campaign to the government to pass policies to support children. But this isn’t just about Tanzania, this is about children everywhere.”
– Suleiman Jabir, Head Coach Team Tanzania
“We are friends and neighbours with the Burundi team, and know what it is like to lose the final, so we wanted to show them our support. We’re happy because in 2010 we were in the final but didn’t win the cup. We’re representing all the children in Tanzania, and we hope we’ve made them proud”
– Team Tanzania Captain Deograutis Modester
“I wish to encourage institutions and organizations … to propose, especially to the younger generations, sports initiatives as a formation for peace, sharing and coexistence among peoples.”
– His Holiness Pope Francis, November 23, 2013
“I scored my 1,000th goal in Rio de Janeiro and I offered my 1,000th goal to children. I am very happy to be part of Pele Sports which will work with SCWC to be held in Rio de Janeiro”
– Pele – Soccer Legend
“I know from personal experience just what power football can have to inspire and change young people’s lives whatever their background or nationality. This is what the Street Child World Cup is all about and I give it my full support. I look forward to Brazil in 2014 when street children from around the world will play football and represent the millions of children who still live or work on our streets.”
– David Beckham – Former England Captain
Hospital Records – one of the biggest labels in UK dance music, featuring some of their hottest artists – London Elektricity, S.P.Y and Diane Charlemagne – created the official Street Child World Cup anthem for Rio 2014: “I am Somebody” – the song for the Road to Rio.
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