The Chief coach of Tanzania Women’s National team (Twiga Stars) Sebastian Nkoma, initially named a squad of 45 players who resumed camp on May 21 ahead of a practice game to perfect a Guinness World record showdown.
Kocha mkuu wa Twiga Stars Sebastian Nkomwa ametaja kikosi cha wachezaji 45 ambao wataingia kambini 21 Mei 2017. pic.twitter.com/Mwxof7Vksj
— TWIGA STARS (@TwigaStars) May 17, 2017
After 12 days of intensive training, the squad has been trimmed to 31 players.
— TFF TANZANIA (@Tanfootball) June 2, 2017
However, this team will be facing off against the Equality Playing Field initiative who are attempting to play the highest altitude football game ever recorded. The venue for this great feat? Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain!.
This will take place 5785 meters from the summit on June 18, 2017.
— Equal Playing Field (@EPFinitiative) April 7, 2017
The initiative will pool women from 20 different nations, in a regular 90-minute, 11-a- side regulation game, officiated by FIFA referees.The players include former German star Petra Landers, former Mexico captain Monica Gonzalez, Canadian National Sasha Andrews, Afghan nationals Zahra Mahmoodi and Hajar Abufazl, French nationals Sandrine Dusang and Julie Soyer, Egyptian Player of the Year 2011 Esraa Awaad, South African record goal scorer Portia Modise, former FIFA World Cup referee Jacqui Hurford (née Melksham) and pro players or competitive amateurs from Argentina, France, Indonesia, Jordan, Sweden, the UK, US and the United Arab Emirates.
The aim of the hike and the clinic which will take place across several countries after the climb, is to raise awareness for some of the issues women and girls face when playing sport.
Follow @EPFInitiative on Twitter for more information on this two-part challenge.