Manica Football for Hope Centre

About the Campaign:
“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people.

Read more about The Football for Hope Campaign.

The Football for Hope Centre in Manica is the 12th of the 20 Football for Hope Centres in Africa.

Centre Host organisation: Grupo Desportivo De Manica(GDM)


‘To expand the real freedoms people enjoy so they can be able to choose to live the lives that they might have reason to value.’.

About the Centre Host:

GDM is a sport and recreation club that was founded in 1980 by the community of Manica, in the province of Manica, Mozambique. In a time of brutal civil war; ordinary people expressed their need for social cohesion, hope and a belief that life under the Mozambican sun can be good.

26 Years later, the very same club, crippled by overbearing poverty and socio-economic challenges still held fast to their dream. Their building was dilapidated, but their pride and belief in a better life remained. And so in 2006 they partnered with the University of Johannesburg to start ‘operation reclaim the dream’: a dream of a holistic club that use sport, specifically football to facilitate social change. The rest, as they say is history.