Brazilian minister opens sports ball factory donated to Mozambique

19 June 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 June – The Brazilian Minister for Sport, Orlando Silva is due Friday in Maputo to open a sports ball factory that was donated to Mozambique at the end of last year, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The factory, which is set up in the MozArte Youth Artisan Centre will initially make 7,500 basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, handballs and five-a-side footballs with the aim of encouraging sport across Mozambique’s 12 provinces.

The factory will make 2,500 balls per month for a national sports programme of the Mozambican government that involves state schools, sports clubs and organisations that work with social sport.

The factory was transported from Brazil to Mozambique on a cargo ship of Brazilian mining company Vale, and included 17 tonnes of equipment, from machinery to raw materials.

This Brazilian initiative will provide employment o 56 people that received training sponsored by the Brazilian Sports Ministry, after Mozambique’s Ministry for Youth and Sport had selected 3,000 candidates. (macauhub)