In 1999, they toured the UK, played seven matches and won them all. They’re still coaching younger kids and playing football themselves.
(Find them here on Facebook.)
They’re not just talented footballers, hear them singing here: Millennium Hey ah Hey
Millennium Stars aims:
- To help rebuild their country.
- To do something orderly in the midst of the chaos.
- To avoid being pressured into being child soldiers.
- In 1999 they toured UK, played seven matches and won them all, but the war continued and they were scattered.
They tried to carry on but were cheated out of their league place.
- In 2006, the team came back together and began coaching kids again.
- Some Millennium Stars have left Liberia; others play in their country’s top teams; one has died aged only 27.
- In 2012 they set up a business running a motorbike taxi service – to fund their community football academy.
- In 2014, the began a community outreach project to help poor communities cast adrift because of the Ebola epidemic. Fortunately, they all came through unscathed.
I’m proud to say I’ve been involved with them since almost the very beginning.
This photo (left) was taken just before the CAFOD v Millennium Stars game at Reading University playing fields in 1999. CAFOD lost 15-2, but I managed to score one of the two!
Up to the beginning of this year, they supported their efforts by running a motorbike taxi, which was funded by a couple of music nights organised by UK friends of Millennium Stars in 2012.
Since the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia, all contact sports – including football – have been banned. Millennium Stars have turned to helping their own community through awareness-raising, tracing of those who have contracted the virus, and cleaning areas where people are vulnerable.
Millennium Stars FC’s Facebook page is here.