Poverty Eradication Network Trust

Serving Central Tanzania

Veteran Soccer Coach Visits Village Teams

Written by Andrea on Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Filed under: General News, Pictures

Msimihi and Ikhanoda Youth Soccer ClubsNeighboring villages, Ikhanoda and Msimihi, had a pleasant surprise when their team captains were asked to arrange an impromptu game against each other.

The teams were met by Rudi Martignacco, a long time coach and operator of soccer camps in Minnesota, USA and a guest of PEN Trust who had been busy helping to build Ikhanoda Secondary School earlier in the day. Msimihi Captains reading team report to Rudi Each team received reversible soccer jerseys donated by the Northwest YMCA in Minnesota, as well as two new soccer balls, a pump and a t shirt for the referee.

Andrea, Rudi, Catherine and Solveig watching the soccer matchAfter hearing a team progress report from the home team, the match progressed with more spectators watching the reactions of the four guests from America than the actual game.

How can you help?
*The teams and referees are still in need of basic items – shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats or tennis shoes, practice balls, game balls, whistles, referee uniforms, and goalie jerseys.

Additional Photos:



Rudi and the Ikhanoda Secondary School Headmaster pumping up the soccer ballsHeadmaster of Ikhanoda Secondary School helps Rudi pump up the soccer balls donated to his school as well as those to the two village teams.


Solveig and Mungwe presenting the blue jerseys to the Ikhanoda team captain Each team received nine reversible soccer jerseys. Solveig presents the jerseys to the Ikhanoda team captain.


Catherine presenting the referee with the yellow jerseys Catherine presents the yellow jerseys to the captain of the Msimihi team.


Andrea presenting a new soccer ball to the referee Each team received two new balls. Andrea presents one to the referee.


Rudi presenting a new soccer ball to the referee Rudi also presented a new ball to the referee.


Referee displaying his new t shirt, two soccer balls and reversible jerseys After receiving all of their gifts, the teams were ready for a match.


Soccer game in progress Action photos of the game in progress… end results - Msimihi 4 - Ikhanoda 1.





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