Playing for peace and awareness

The winner of the Planete Enfants World Peace Cup football tournament, participated by the street children football teams formed by the eight non-governmental organisations (NGO) working for the welfare of the children will get a Official World Cup 2002 football having signatures of the famous French National Team participating the WC, as a trophy.

This was announced in a press meet organised jointly by Planete Enfants and Saathi on Tuesday here. These two organisations jointly are going to organise a one-day football tournament on 4 May at the Jawalakhel Stadium beginning from eight in the morning and ending at five in the evening.

“The tournament aims at creating an enjoyable and peaceful football tournament for the children and the organisations who work for their welfare. This will promote a message of peace and child human rights in the Nepali people,” said Lorenzo Negrier, development director of Planete Enfants.

“The official Adidas World Cup football 2002 signed by the French Football team with the signature of best footballers like Zinedine Zidane, Fabien Barthez, Petit, Trezeguet, Henry has come directly from France just for the event,” states a press release issued by Planete Enfants.

“This tournament will be organised each year and the football will pass as a trophy each years among the winners. We hope the following years will have more participating teams,” added Lorenzo.

Planete Enfants is a French NGO based in Nepal and working for the welfare and against the trafficking of girls in Nuwakot district, and Saathi is another NGO working for the welfare of street children in Kathmandu providing different facilities for the street children including operation of a drop-in-centre.

“Saathi has sponsored a Fair Play Trophy which will be awarded to the team showing the true spirit of games and discipline along with hard work. This trophy is again a running trophy and will he passing among the fairest performers yearly,” said Pramada Shah, president of Saathi.

Panauti Children Home will play against organising team Planete Enfants & Saathi for the first match, Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) will play against Saath-Saath, Save the Children UK will play against Bal Mandir and Concern Nepal will play against Voice of Children. Each game will be of forty minutes and the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) will manage the preliminary coaching classes for the players before the game begins. On Sunday 5 May the participating teams’ official workers will play a friendly match.