The American Soccer Federation has donated 50 footballs and assorted football equipment to the Arusha-based Future Stars Academy yesterday.
The donation was handed over to the Tanzania senior national team coach, Jan Poulsen, on behalf of FSA and underprivileged children by Charlie Kahn, an eleven-year-old American football player.
The donation is one way of supporting the underprivileged youth in Tanzania, so says Kahn.
Kahn went on to say that he was impressed when he heard about FSA before taking personal initiative to gather support for the 160 youths in FSA.
“When I heard about FSA and that they needed help and balls, I asked the US Soccer Federation to help,” he said.
“As my family was planning to travel to Tanzania on safari, I asked The USA Soccer Federation through UNITE organisation to team up, support and donate 50 footballs to FSA and the underprivileged youths,” said Khan.
“I had a great time at Future Stars and was very happy to play with the kids and meet the national team coach. Our visit to the school and family was a great experience to see other cultures and the way they live,” the young football player said as he presented the donation to Poulsen.
Alfred Itaeli, who is the founder of FSA, applauded the US Soccer Federation; UNITE organization, Charlie and his family, for their important support to the development of football in Tanzania.
“It is rewarding to see such support from the American people, who are far away from Tanzania. We must be doing something right and this gives us strength and motivation to move forward. We hope this is the springboard for more local, national and international support,” Itaeli said.
Poulsen is currently running a one-week training course in Arusha at the International School Moshi grounds, which is the first of its kind, focusing on football development in Tanzania from the grass roots.
Poulsen expressed his appreciation on the training initiative, saying: “The basis of a good education is to have good trainers.”
He also urged organisations and individuals to support this kind of initiatives for long term progress and youth development throughout the country.
Poulsen, the FIFA certified trainer, together with the coach of the under 17 and 20 team, Kim Poulsen, have both been following the Moivaro youth football league that kicked off in September last year.