Dar soccer center celebrates Thanksgiving Day 

30Nov 2022
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Dar soccer center celebrates Thanksgiving Day 

MORE than 100 children from various parts of Dar es Salaam on Saturday celebrated Thanksgiving Day by taking part in sporting activities.

Some youngsters from Magnet Youth Sports Organization (MYSO) participate in a soccer duel that was part of events aiming to celebrate Thanksgiving Day organized by the center in Dar es Salaam last week. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

The celebrations were organized by Magnet Youth Sports Organization (MYSO) and involved some children from Dar es Salaam-based less privileged centers.

Speaking at the event, Tuntufye Mwambusi, MYSO Director, said this is the third year in a row that his center is celebrating Thanksgiving Day.

He said the aim is to offer children now raised at foster centers the opportunity to showcase their talents and have the time for celebration and relaxing with others.

"Thanksgiving Day is commemorated on November 24, it is a day people thank the Lord for His blessings, we thought it wise to celebrate it with less privileged centers, we eat, dance, play football, and do other activities together, I think this is the better way for us to celebrate Thanksgiving Day," he said.

He further said as a center that identifies, develops, and promotes football talents, it will be making follow up on children who will demonstrate prowess.

Joyce Shabaan from Kunduchi-based Unshakable Center hailed the celebration's organizers for the gesture, saying it has given them a sense of belonging.

Shaaban said her center works in collaboration with other centers to develop arts and sports in Kunduchi and surrounding areas.

"We are happy to be part of these Thanksgiving Day activities organized by the center... we are also happier that children from the institution have presented assorted items which include clothes to us, the items have come at a good time to us," she said.

MYSO has been at the forefront of supporting the development of talents in the country, it provides scholarships to promising football performers.

Mwambusi recently said MYSO is an outfit that trains young players from the age of nine to 18, both boys and girls, to create a clear path towards a football career and other life-building skills.

He noted that the institution also believes that social integration is key to everything as the center brings together children from various backgrounds.

Mwambusi said since its inception, MYSO has managed to participate in local and international tournaments like Chipukizi Cup in Arusha, and Gothia Cup which takes place in Sweden and Norway.

The center also managed to create a good platform for both players and coaches at local and international levels such as Tanzania's Africa Lyon, Celta Vigo Academy of Spain, ITK Leipzig University of Germany, Transition Football of South Africa, and Amazing You which is a joint venture between Tanzania and United States of America (USA).

He also said his center has an elite program to provide a ladder for upcoming footballers.

The official revealed: "We have done a lot in terms of preparing our young players to become professional players, five of our players went to Tanzania's national U-17 football team, Serengeti Boys in 2019, in 2020 two of our players earned a call-up to the national U-20 team 'Ngorongoro Warriors' that competed in CECAFA U-20 Championship held in Ethiopia." 

"In the previous NBC Premier League season, two players from MYSO took part in it, and two footballers are playing in the ongoing Zanzibar Premier League," he said.

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