Three young girls from Dodoma could well be the first female footballers from East and Central Africa to play for Spanish Teams in near future.
Tanzania, through the Fountain Gate Academy of Dodoma, now becomes the first country in East Africa to pioneer young female footballers for Spanish Soccer Clubs.
The three girl soccer players from Fountain gate are Mary Aaron, Ritticia Nabbosa and Zawadi Athuman.
These girls were among the 28 young footballers recruited by Spanish Soccer agents during the recently held East African Youth Soccer Tournament.
Known as Chipkizi Cup, the event whose 13th instalment was once more held in Arusha attracted 302 teams from all over the continent.
In total, the Fountain Gate Academy produced five young promising players, the three girls and two boys.
The Fountain Gate boys who made into the Spanish agents list are Omar Selemani and Jaffary Mwanyemba.
Speaking during the games, the Director of Fountain Gate Academy Japhet Makau said the girls were members of the Under-15 Girls, which are currently the national champions in the category.
According to Makau, the Fountain Gate Under-15 Girls is the team which is going to represent Tanzania in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) games.
The CECAFA games for Secondary Schools will be taking place from 15 January 2023.
Director Makau advises the Tanzania Football federation that the Chipkizi Cup is the perfect forum to promote and boost soccer in the country.
“We take very positively the selection of five young players from Fountain Gate to go to Spain, because it is our dream to have young people benefit from talents and secure employment from sporting activities abroad,” he said.
During the Chipkiz Cup 2022, the Fountain Gate emerged winners of Under-7 boys’ category, Under-15 Girls and Under-20 Girls categories.
Alfred Itaeli is the Director of Future Stars Academy (FSA), which organizes the East African Youth Soccer Tourney.
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“For the first time we managed to get qualified girls soccer players, they were recruited from Fountain Gate Academy,” he added.
He added that there will be talks between international soccer agents and local football academies to hatch a way forward in transforming their future into profitable sports engagements.
Among the recruits were six players from Azam FC, Five from Fountain Gate of Dodoma, 4 players from Eclat FC from DR Congo, 3 players from the Future Stars Academy of Arusha, 3 players from Saint Soccer of Kenya, 2 players from Amarigo of Uganda and 2 players from JKU of Zanzibar.
Others are 2 players from the PE Academy from Zimbabwe and one player from the ‘Idea Sports Club’ of Arusha.