October 24th…sounds like any other day to you? Well, in Zambia it is an important holiday: Independence Day. People from all walks of life gather to commemorate this day the country was liberated from colonial rule.
PAF organised a football tournament in order to bring the youths together to celebrate. Four u17 teams, drawn from the Youth League, were invited. Among them, of course, was our own sponsored team, the PAF Warriors. Beside the PAF Warriors we hosted Green Eagles, Green Buffaloes and Supa Power. All those teams were formed from youths of Chinkonono and the surrounding villages.
But before the tournament could start, as it is custom with all big championships, the national anthem has been sung:
Of course there was something to win for the best teams. Our dear friends from The Butterfly Tree donated some football equipment, such as a new ball, a set of socks and a goalkeeper jersey. Thank you so so much. A lot of smiles and sparkling eyes 🙂
As you might have guessed, the boys were competing hard to go home with the first prize. And what can I say? Our PAF Warriors won the tournament and recieved the ball and 300 kwacha. Second place went to Green Buffaloes who won themselves a set of socks and 200 kwacha. The Green Eagles went home with third place, the goalkeeper jersey and 100 kwacha.
The day was full of exciting football games. As it is with all gatherings of such nature a goat and veggies were on the menu for officials, players and fans. You can imagine how much fun everyone had.
But apart from all that we wouldn’t be PAF if we’d leave it at that. Interested people could also get information about essential things like how to stay safe from HIV infections or about self-reliance through agriculture.