“SINCE I WAS TRAINED AS A WORLD COACH, I AM USING FOOTBALL TO TEACH LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION. THIS HAS BEEN FANTASTIC FOR MY PLAYERS, BECAUSE THEY ARE DOING TWO THINGS AT THE SAME TIME AND ALSO LEARN MORE IN EVERY SESSION.”
Who are you?
My name is Fathime Hamisi. I joined Moving The Goalpost (MTG) in 2002 when I was 7 years old. I was the captain of my team: Lucky Seven (we played seven aside matches). I was only ten years old when I was training for the first time as a football coach. I’m a player of the MTG United selection team. I have played in this team whilst I was in primary and secondary school. When I left secondary school I was able to volunteer more in MTG and I was trained as a peer educator and a World Coach.
What do you like about being a WorldCoach?
My favourite moment whilst training the kids was when I was coaching my football team a certain drill and intergrating it with the WASH life skills. I was happy that when I trained them, whenever one made a mistake, the other team member could correct them and provide them with the right information on sanitation issues.
Who is your favourite football player?
My favourite football player is Yaya Toure from Manchester City. This is because he is talented in football . He can score a goal in every match that he plays. He also very disciplined. He plays fair and rarely gets a yellow card. He is my role models in sport, especially football.
Who is your role model in football?
My biggest role model in football is my coach, Claris Mrengi. She is the one who trains me in all my practices. She has assisted me to improve my football skills. Though am a coach, I’m also a player. I have played in the Kenya under 20 National team.
What is your football dream?
My football dream is that,since I’m a football coach, I would like to use the skills that I have, combine them with the WASH life skills, and train another team in my community. I want to ensure that the players that I’m coaching should try to become role models to people in their community. I wan these players to conduct sessions in the community. As a World Coach, and coach of the team, I will make sure that every one is conducting at least one per week so that the community will also become aware on issues of hygiene.
What moment in football do you still remember?
The moment that I realised my potential as a football player. Football helped me travel to places, proceding with secondary education and being selected as the best player. The other moment was during the 2010 World Cup. As a participant in the Football For Hope Festival I watched the semi final when Ghana played agaist Uruguay in the Soccer City stadium. Watching the match live was a great opportunity. I was so disappointed when our African team lost the match with 1-0 in th 89th minute.
Why is it so important to be healthy?
It is nessesary to be healthy because it makes someone to live longer. When someone knows the importance of hygiene it will help him or her to not get infected with any kind of diseases. As a person I will be a teacher to others and spread the knowledge of the importance of hygiene.