Kenya finish third in Homeless World Cup

Rebecca Magoma

Kenya’s women Homeless team finished third in the just concluded 15th edition of the Homeless World Cup that was held at Rådhusplassen, the City Hall Square, between Oslo City Hall and Oslo Fjord, from 29 August – 5 September in Norway.

With over 500 players in both the men and women’s division from over 50 countries, the 2017 edition saw Kenya women clinch third by defeating Kyrgyz Republic (also known as Kyrgyzstan), 4-2 in the third place play-offs.

Mexico comfortably continued their unmatched performance, winning their fifth title and defending the one they won last year in Glasgow, Scotland with a 4-2 win over Chile.

 

Kenya missed out on the 2016 edition due to financial constraints. The best ever performance by a Kenya side in the annual competition was in 2011 where they won the title after defeating Mexico in the final.

After the 2011 victory, Kenya was issued a two-year ban that was highlighted by wrangles in office.

However, in 2017, Kenya and Egypt were the continent’s representatives in the annual tournament that has been held since 2003.

France finished fifth following a 4-3 win over Egypt while Mexico defeated Egypt 5-0 in the quarter final.

The Homeless World Cup organization was co-founded by Mel Young and Harald Schmied in 2001 to advocate for a global solution to homelessness through association football (soccer) with over 70 partner nations.

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