Mombasa has been picked as the first city in the sub Saharan region to host the world Aviation football series.
The coastal city is among four other cities that will be hosting the competition which brings together players in the airline industry. The other cities are Barcelona in Spain, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the Italian city of Rome.
According to the Kenya’s representative in the Aviation Football Cup Peter Aluoch, over ten teams from different airlines will participate in the competition scheduled for November 17-20 in Mombasa
Barcelona will host the first of the series in April while Amsterdam will be the hosts in June before it shifts to Rome in September.
“We are excited to be hosting this event,” said Aluoch.
“At the moment we are working on getting sponsors. We are in close contact with the Mombasa county government and several other corporates,” he said.
The Aviation Football Cup provides a platform for aviation professionals from all over the world to meet several times a year in order to travel, play and celebrate with their colleagues. The first tournament was initiated by airline employees and held in Portugal in 2005.
In the ten years since the Aviation Football Cup was launched, over 1,000 players from more than 100 teams, representing 42 countries, have participated in the tournament. Team rankings based on performance since 2011 place the Oman Air football team in 15th position, out of 125 sides, despite only having played in the 2015 tournament