Team Liberia enjoyed an emphatic victory over Team South Africa 5-0 to gain their first points of the group stage at the Street Child World Cup in Brazil last Tuesday.
Daniel Nimleh Bowdior was the stand out performer throughout the match as his hat-trick set Liberia on their way to success over their fellow Africans.
Foday Marah and Elijah Saysaw also added to the score line with fine efforts to cap a tremendous performance by the whole squad.
Team Liberia dominated from start to finish, pressing South Africa high up the pitch, working as a unit and attacking with real purpose and quality.
Communication and spirit were key components of the win, something the boys have worked hard together during their time in Rio, with man of the match Bowdior recognising this when he stated: “I feel very fine right now, scoring goals makes me feel so good, I feel so confident after my hat-trick.
Daniel Bowdior is extremely grateful to be in Brazil right now as only six months ago he was living on the streets of Monrovia, and did not imagine he would be part of such an incredible event like the Street Child World Cup.
“It means a lot to be in Brazil, I never thought that I would ever be here. Many great players have come from Brazil like Neymar and Ronaldo, so I can learn a lot over here,” Bowdior said.
The opportunity for Daniel and the rest of Team Liberia to represent their country in Brazil at the Street Child World Cup, the only global conference to deal with street child issues, came through the tremendous work of the registered charity Street Child of Liberia and their social street soccer programs.
Currently Street Child of Liberia is benefitting from UK Aid match funding, where every donation made to the charity between 18th March and 17th June will be doubled by the UK Government, helping provide more amazing opportunities for more children.