On Saturday, the Manitoba African Cup of Nations kicked off at Winnipeg’s Ralph Cantafio Soccer Complex.
It is more than just a soccer tournament to the organizers of the tournament; it is a way to promote the growth and development of Black communities, especially in youth.
This year’s event will feature 12 African communities.
According to the tournament’s founder and executive director, Gode Katembo, multiple benefits can be derived from the tournament.
His statement also emphasized that this tournament will provide a safe mental health break and a safe space for African and African-Canadian youth.
African art and music will also be showcased at this year’s tournament and soccer matches.
A key outreach program, Free To Play, is also promoted and funded through the Manitoba Cup of African Nations. Throughout Winnipeg, it aims to make soccer accessible to underprivileged youth.
Eight weeks of weekends are scheduled for the tournament.