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Successful Root-Tournament


web“Football for everybody” was the moto of 20 children from Esperance on the way to the first U17 Root-Tournament, which took place on the 13th of May at Green Hills Academy. 9 teams and about 100 children were gathered to take part in two different competitions. Of course, our girls- and boys team had the winning mentality in their minds as well, but the tournament was mainly about children with diverse backgrounds playing against each other as fair sportsmen and -women. So, beside the two trophies for each gender, ‘fairplay’ would have been rewarded by a fair play-price. In the first match, our girls started a bit reluctant. 0:1 against a lucky team of Gisozi was the result of insufficient communication, but we kept on being optimistic. A draw against the team players of Green Hills Academy was the first point for our team. We got more and more into the match and so we won the last game with 2:0 against Root-Foundation. Unfortunately, we had a worse goal-difference, for what we did not reach the final. Our boys have started their competition with the first match against a strong team from G.S. Gisozi. 0:0 was a fair draw and the players could get a feeling for the pitch and the very small goals. 2 victories against Dream Team (5:0) and Root-Foundation (1:0) gave us a good basis to go for the last match against the boys from Green Hills Academy. The plan was not to lose, because either a victory or a draw would have been enough to win the title. Fortunately, the referee did not accept a wrong goal for Green Hills Academy. With lots of pressure and many chances against a very strong defending team of one of the best schools in Kigali our Esperance boys could reach a draw and in the end, win the trophy of the Root-Tournament. Green Hills Academy won the trophy of the girls’ competition and the fairplay award went to the girls of Gisozi. A very exciting and hot day was successfully finished by our motivated and celebrating players.