Albany Gives Back

Orphanage gets kitted out

By Felicity Reid

Football really is a global game when children in Mozambique are running around barefoot in Albany United strip.

While following the All Whites World Cup campaign in South Africa, Albany United masters player Michael Harris crossed the border to Mozambique to give something back to the game.

The sojourn was billed as a total football trip, and was dreamed up after Harris and Len Bingle watched the All Whites qualify for the World Cup in Wellington last year.

“It was watching some football as well as giving some football”, Harris says.

Footballs, pumps, hacky sacks, shirts and shorts were among the items given to the orphanage in Maputo.

Harris’ daughter Brooke has volunteered at the orphanage and on a previous visit Harris took an interest in the local football community. He says a team would play and then take off their shirts and give it to the next team down and the same set of shirts were then given to the women’s and children’s teams as well.

Having planned to attend matches at the World Cup, Harris says “it worked out perfectly” that he also had the opportunity to return for a third time to Mozambique and help out the young players.

All White Rory Fallon visited the Tembisa township outside of Johannesburg to distribute gear to the children of the area after New Zealand were eliminated from the World Cup.


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