How football transformed this Kenyan woman's life

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25-year-old Sarah Rehema Kitsao (pictured above) first joined Moving the Goalposts (MTG) back in 2002. 16 years on, football is still a key part of her life. Here, she explains in her own words how her passion for the game has helped her grow and develop as an individual.

I am the goalkeeper of the MTG United team. It can be very stressful when you are a goalkeeper but it's something I like doing and I'd like to train many more women as goalkeepers.

I had my daughter when I was 20 - a turning point in my life. My mother was a great support. She allowed me time to go and play football while she took care of the baby.

My daughter is now five years old and she loves playing football! Every Sunday during practice she comes to the field, wears her training kit and sits on the touch line to cheer me on. I have a day job in a T-shirt printing company as a designer and this has enabled me to pay for my daughter’s school fees and take care of my younger siblings after my mother passed away.

I am also a coach trainer and I mentor life skills coaches at MTG so that they can effectively pass HIV/AIDS and nutrition information through football drills.

Winning and losing are among the many great lessons we learn in football. - Sarah

Football also gave the opportunity to be among a privileged group of Kenyan women who watched and participated in a parallel event held during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Since childhood, my dream has been to meet star players from very strong footballing nations. Watching the quarter final match between Ghana against Uruguay [enabled me to realise this dream]. I met and shook hands with the legendary football player, Diego Maradona!

I'm so proud to be one of the MTG girls. I always come for weekly practices on weekends because of my passion for football and my dedication as a goalkeeper. 


Our partner organisation, Moving the Goalposts, uses football as a tool to open up new opportunities for disadvantaged girls and young women in Kenya. Find out more about their work here.