Africa – Day 8

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 14th, 2006


“Today was a relaxed day,” said assistant coach Dan Ribbens, reporting on the Westmont women’s soccer team’s eighth day in Africa. The team has spent the last week in Uganda, playing two soccer games and ministering to people in Kampala and Gulu.

“We started early with a 6:30 a.m. training session,” continued Ribbens. “Barnabas (Mwesiga), former coach of the Ugandan national team, helped us with assessments.” Mwesiga, who works for the Sports Outreach Institute (SOI), has been traveling with the team. Former Westmont coach Russ Carr is the president and founder of SOI through which the Warriors trip was organized.

“After practice we spent the day at the Queen Elizabeth Game Park where we saw lots of hippos,” said Ribbens. “This has been a very enjoyable day. The hotel at which we are staying in is wonderful.”

Tomorrow morning, the team will travel 200 kilometers (129 miles) to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda which has a population of 851,000 people. On Wednesday, Westmont will play against the Rwandan Women’s National Team.