Flight Delays Didn’t Deter Newcomer Ivory Coast

Team Ivory Coast included street youth, homeless or formerly homeless people, people displaced by war, people in economic difficulty and ex-prisoners.

This year, the African nation brought both a men’s and a women’s team. The men have competed once before, at the 2009 tournament in Milan. This was the Ivorian women’s Homeless World Cup debut.

Unfortunately travel delays meant the two squads missed most of the opening round of play. The women ended up playing for the Women’s Plate and the men for the Men’s Globe. The men finished in 36th place overall. The women’s team ended the tournament without securing a win and finished in 14th place.

“We are just happy to be here,” said team coordinator Samuel Bah. “It’s an exciting time for us all and hopefully we can continue the good work.”

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Team Ivory Coast 2016 (Men’s)

No. Name Role
Saidou Bah Thierno Manager
Jean Donald Gnoleba Kore Coach
2 Touba Thiam Player
6 Mahamane Bamba Player
3 Ali Porgo Player
1 Soungalo Keita Player
4 Kouassi Armand Israel Kouadio Player
5 Christ Marius Stephane Zeze Player
8 Lassina Hema Player
7 Gnagne Jean Clement Essis Player
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Team Ivory Coast 2016 (Women’s)

Name Role
Marie Joelle Koffi Armande Manager
Amandine Marguerite Edi Coach
Bin Fane Ange Regine Tape Player
Anne Desiree Balili Kambou Player
Korotoum Traore Player
Fanta Coulibaly Player
Diane Laurence Kouassi Player
Princesse Caine Zara Doufand Player
Alix Flore Kouakou Player
Karidiatou Konate Player
[/one_half_last] Team Ivory Coast is organised by the Don’t Forget Them Association, based in Abidjan. They use sport and especially football to reintegrate homeless or formerly homeless adults, street children, and youth; people displaced by war; prisoners; victims of homophobia, and other groups of people in difficult situations. Football is used to help them out of the streets, and also to improve lives of prisoners who might otherwise lose their focus and motivation.