The selection process for the eight women who will represent Team Kenya at this year’s Homeless World Cup began in February. The players, all under 30 years of age, come from across Kenya live in slums or on the streets, suffer from substance abuse or HIV/AIDS, or are affected by it.
Their training programme includes life skills and other opportunities (e.g. coaching and refereeing qualifications).
Kenya’s women are ranked 12th for Glasgow 2016. Their last appearance was in 2011, where they took home the top trophy in a close final match against last year’s champs, Mexico.
Team Kenya 2016 (Women’s)
Kenya Homeless Street Soccer Association was founded in 2003 with the main aim of creating awareness and inventive strategies to positively combat homelessness and poverty through sports, in particular street soccer. The organisation works with socially disadvantaged and homeless youths, using sports as an entry point for social integration.
KHSSA has projects in eight zones in Nairobi, including the slums and the main landfill in Dandora, where many people works as scavengers. To qualify for inclusion in the project, a person must be aged between 12 and 30 and living in a slum or in the streets. Priority is given to those suffering from substance abuse or HIV/AIDS affected, or those whose life has been affected by HIV/AIDS. The participants are required to attend training sessions regularly.