‘Street kid’ off to France  

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Mikia Kalati

Kick4Life is making the dream of a 15-year-old ‘street kid’,  Motlatsi Molomo, come true by taking him to the 2016 Street Football World Festival in France.

The event is set for 1-8 July in Lyon.

According to Kick4Life Director of Football and head of delegation, Chris Bullock, Molomo will be among a group of five youngsters who will represent the country at the event which uses football as a tool to change lives for the better.

“We are off to France in July as part of the European Championship,” Bullock said.

“Basically, Kick4Life is a member of a network of organisations called Street Football World. It’s a network which connects a lot of football, and social development organisations across the world. So they are running a festival in France.

“Each of those organisations has been invited to take a delegation of youths and a young leader as well as a leader from that organization.

“There will be a workshop, a two-day football festival and a chance for the youths to interact, as well as the organizations to network. This is about the kids; a once in a lifetime opportunity and hopefully the guys will come back after having learnt a lot and made new friends.

“They have to learn about how football can be used to change lives and I think it will be a fantastic opportunity for all of us. So we basically got four youths between the ages of 14 and 18, who are involved in our activities at Kick4Life.”

Bullock said they are still looking for sponsorship for the trip.

“We hope companies will see this as a great opportunity not only for the kids because Lesotho as a whole will benefit from this.

“We are looking for about M100 000 for the trip.”

Meanwhile, Molomo said he was very excited about the trip as he believes football can help the world beat poverty.

“I have been passionate about football from a young age and my dream is to make it big through the game,” Molomo said.

“I work hard all the time and I’m also willing to go back to school if I get that chance.

“Life has been tougher living as a street, but football has helped a lot as I interact with people regularly playing for Kick4Life.

The Ha Thamae-born youngster who is now living on the streets on Maseru said going to France is a great chance and he would be making the best of that opportunity.

“Going to France is a great opportunity for me because I will get a chance to meet new people from other countries. I will learn a lot from them because I still believe I can turn my life around and help those around me who are also living under painful conditions,” he said.

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