The eleven-man representative to the just ended Street Child World Cup in Brazil is expected to arrive in Liberia today.
Team Liberia joined 19 other countries in the second SCWC tournament to draw attention to the plight of street children.
Among several sites visited by Team Liberia in the Street Child World Cup, were the Christ Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue and the Maracana stadium in Brazil.
The visits were meant to inspire the team and their two officials, (coach Sam Burnette, lll and program manager Michael John Bull.)
Team Liberia members were in complete awe as they visited the spectacular tourist attractions of Rio de Janeiro and felt so fortunate to have such amazing opportunities.
Along with the other 19 countries in the SCWC, the team travelled up the mountain to the spiritual home of the Christ the Redeemer statue, which is one of Brazil’s most famous landmarks.
The world’s media focused their attention upon the hundreds of street children, as they stood at the base of the monument to Jesus Christ, and provided the platform to address their issues, offered prayers and encouraged positive change.
Next all of the players and staff made their way across the city to the Maracana Stadium, which will host the final of the FIFA World Cup in the summer, where they enjoyed a tour around the ground and posed for photos next to memorabilia signed by Brazilian superstars such as Pele and Zico.
Team Liberia, expected to arrive back home today, left a lasting impression on everyone around them as they danced and cheered all day in celebration of such a wonderful experience.
Defender Fallah Bellah Patricks is delighted to be part of such a brilliant event, and said: “I am so grateful to be in Brazil, I am one of the lucky ones to visit these places.”
He added, “I know that people in Liberia are suffering and many street children need help, that is why I am so thankful to God, to my coach and to Street Child for bringing me to Brazil for the Street Child World Cup.”
Liberia’s participation was possible through the generous financial support of NASSCORP, Putu Iron Ore, NOCAL, AquaLife and Street Child UK.