Impact of MYSA Norway Cup teams in MYSA, Kenya and Norway
MYSA first participated in the Norway Cup in 1990, returned in 1992 and featured every year since then with an U16 boys team (1992-11), U12/13 boys team (1994-11) and U14 girls team (1996-11). Since 1990 over 950 young MYSA leaders, coaches and players have participated. On their return, they are often celebrated in their extended families as the first to get passports and travel abroad. Most also become new heroes and role models in their schools and communities.
To try out for those MYSA teams, all players must first demonstrate they are active in slum/environmental cleanups and other MYSA community service activities as well as coaching/refereeing in the younger MYSA leagues. The rigorous selection process also includes six different procedures for verifying their age. Once selected, the boys and girls teams also participate in Kenyan youth tournaments whenever possible.
For the young MYSA leaders, coaches and players, living with Norwegian host families and playing in the world’s oldest and largest international youth tournament are life changing experiences. For most, it changes their view of themselves, their views about the world and their views of what they want to do with their lives.
On their return, all players participate in a 5-day training course on AIDS prevention and other risks to youth in the slums and also on their personal life, leadership and communications skills. Many then help change the views and lives of their families, friends and other youth in their communities.
A summary follows on the impact of the Norway Cup teams in MYSA, Kenya and Norway.
1. What is their impact in MYSA?
- MYSA Norway Cup graduates include:
- MYSA Executive Director David Thiru, the Captain of the first team at the 1990 Norway Cup
- MYSA Sports and Leadership Training Academy Deputy Director Henry Majale and key staff
- Over 50% of all other MYSA staff
- 50% of MYSA’s trained AIDS prevention fieldworkers
- 60% of the top MYSA youth coaches
- 60% of the MYSA U19 youth team
2. What is their impact on Kenyan football?
(a) Impact in Kenyan professional leagues
MYSA Norway Cup graduates include:
- 60% of the Mathare Youth FC players in the FKF First Division
- 30% of the players on the other FKF First Division teams
- 80% of the Mathare United Women’s FC players in the FKF Women’s Premier League
- 40% of the players on the teams in the FKF Women’s Premier League
- 55% of the Mathare United FC players in the Kenyan Premier League
- 20% of the players on the other Kenyan Premier League teams
- 25% of the Head Coaches in the Kenyan Premier League
(b) Impact on Kenyan national teams
MYSA Norway Cup graduates include:
- Over 40% of the players on Kenyan national youth teams during the last decade
- 30% of the Head Coaches for Kenyan national youth teams during the last decade
- The present Head Coach of the Kenyan national U20 youth team
- 75% of the Kenyan national women’s and national U20 women’s teams
- The present Team Managers of the Kenyan national women’s teams
- 11 of 18 players on the 2008 Kenyan national men’s team, the most successful in Kenyan history
- The Team Manager and the Head Coach of the 2008 Kenyan national men’s team
- 40% of the players on the present Kenyan national men’s team
- The present Head Coach of the Kenyan national men’s team
(c) Impact in football abroad
- Over 40 players have featured on professional teams in Africa, Asia and Europe
- Another 25 male and female players earned scholarships and played at colleges in the USA
- Two female players were the first in East Africa to play on professional teams in Europe
- Four players presently feature on teams in the First and Second Divisions in Norway
- Denis Oliech is a top striker for Auxerre FC in France and is also the Harambee Stars Captain
3. What is their impact at the Norway Cup?
- In 1990 the MYSA U18 boys team was the only team from Africa
- Since 1990 the MYSA teams helped create and represent the “colourful friendship” theme
- Since 1990 the number of teams from Africa grew to over 20 teams from 16 countries
- Since 1990 the MYSA teams have played 384 matches and won 319, tied 18 and lost 47
- Since 1990 the MYSA boys and girls teams have won 14 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze medals
- Since 1992 the MYSA U16 boys have played 126 matches and won 92, tied 8 and lost 26
- Since 1992 the MYSA U16 boys have won 1 silver and 2 bronze medals
- Since 1994 the MYSA U12/13 boys have played 152 matches and won 141, tied 6 and lost 5
- Since 1994 the MYSA U12/U13 boys have won 12 gold and 2 bronze medals
- Since 1996 the MYSA U14 girls have played 102 matches and won 84, tied 4 and lost 14
- Since 1996 the MYSA U14 girls have won 2 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals
- In 2011 MYSA got a special award for its contribution to the “colourful friendship” for 20 years
- Today MYSA is ranked 2nd to Pequininos of Brazil for winning Norway Cup gold medals
4. What is their impact off the field in Norway?
- Since 1994 the innovative joint MYSA/Brumunddal Youth Project helped combat racism
- Since 1994 over 900 youth lived in host families in Brumunddal, Oygard, Sogne and Sotra
- Since 1996 MYSA helped raise the profile and funding of the Stromme Foundation in Norway
- Since 1996 over 600 Norwegian host families and school students have visited MYSA
- In 1999 the MYSA/Brumunddal Project was cited as a model in European Year Against Racism
- In 1999 MYSA was awarded the Stromme Foundation’s Help for Self-Help Prize
- Since 2001 over 100 MYSA youth participated in the annual Children’s Festival in Haugesund
- In 2003 the MYSA Wayo Wayo music group produced a CD and toured Norway
- In 2004 MYSA was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize won by their friend Wangari Maathai
- Since 2004 over 100 Norwegian youth participated in the Watoto WanaSay Festival at MYSA
5. What are some MYSA Norway Cup graduates doing now?
- Dr. David Mutiso is on the medical staff at the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi
- Francis Kimanzi is the Head Coach of the Kenyan national Harambee Stars team
- Maurice Wambua is a lecturer in mathematics at Ohio State University
- Lillian Mwangi is completing her MBA at the business school in Bergen, Norway
- Peter Karanja heads a Dutch project on health, water and sanitation in four African countries
- Simeon Mulama has a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration and works/coaches in Kenya
- Maqulate Onyango is a former FKF/KPL referee and is now a CAF Match Commissioner
- James Njuguna is a former MYSA Shootback and UN photographer who now works in Denmark
- Salim Mohamed is the Regional Director for the global Ashoka network of social entrepreneurs
- Caroline Adhiambo heads the Sport for Development Project in Rumbek, South Sudan
- Joel Achola is the youngest elected city councillor in Nairobi and Kenya
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