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Month: July 2009

The Ball in Mali

Andrew Aris meets the Mayor of Kati, Hamala Houdaia, and his assistant, Boubacar Traore BoubaAndrew Aris meets the Mayor of Kati and his assistant

The Ball will visit Kati, a town in Mali’s Koulikoro Region, about 15km from Bamako, Mali’s capital. Kati has a population of approximately 40,000 inhabitants.

Kati’s football-mad Mayor Hamala Houdaia has even invited us to visit him in his office for a game of keepie-uppie, and suggested that the city administration organise a football game with Kati’s semi-professional team that plays in the Malian 2nd division.

Footballs in Kati are prized assets and locals use some interesting techniques to repair them when they get damaged. We are looking forward to investigating this and learning about local culture during our home stay with local Malaian families in March 2010 en route to the 2010 World Cup.

The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.