The European Union (EU) Delegation in Lesotho yesterday held a five-a-side football tournament at Kick4Life Centre in Maseru as part of celebrations marking the 2014 Europe Week.
Eight teams took part in the tournament, and were named after the European nations represented in the competition namely Spain, Germany, France, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Germany beat France 2-0 in the final to be crowned champions of the tournament.
Speaking at the tournament, Head of the EU Delegation in Lesotho, Ambassador Hans Duynhouwer, said organisers of the event invited youths who are under the care of World Vision, through EU grants, in the districts of Berea and Mafeteng. The youths were then divided into eight teams while the Kick4Life workers also played an EU veterans side in a friendly.
“With the help of World Vision, we have selected youths from different districts to join us during this time when we are celebrating Europe Week in Lesotho.
“We have eight teams, so we only have eight countries represented in this tournament as each team has chosen the country it wants to represent,” Ambassador Hans Duynhouwer.
The Ambassador further said the EU Delegation has been undertaking different activities from 28 April but decided to go for sport yesterday “as sport has a way of gathering people together.
“Sport is the easy way of gathering people together, hence we decided to use football as it is the most common and easy-to-understand sport. We have been engaged in some activities from 28 April and we will still continue with others until the Europe Week ends with a reception on 8 May.”
Ambassador Duynhouwer said yesterday’s tournament was a success, adding he was happy to see the children enjoying themselves.
“There is no doubt that these children are enjoying themselves and that automatically makes me a happy man as well,” said Ambassador Duynhouwer