Nyariga is a village of about 3,000 people. The kids here all love soccer. Crowds formed in front of the small TVs in the houses with electricity to watch the games. I presented six balls to the local youth team. As part of the simple donation ceremony, I explained what sort of company Sony was and got the kids to find Japan and Ghana on an inflatable globe. They were deeply impressed. "These balls have come from a really faraway country," they said.
Previously they had used a very decrepit ball, so were amazed at how different the new balls felt from the very first kick. "Before we only had a single ball," explained the happy coach. "That meant we couldn't do focused, position-based practice. But now the goalkeepers can do their training while everyone else does passing practice."
Asked how he felt about the new balls, eleven-year-old Akolga said, "I fell like I've got a bit more skillful just because of the new ball. I'm young and up until now I hardly got the chance to get a touch. Now I want to practice with this new ball, so I can improve."