Our purpose is to provide high quality football (soccer) programs in Australia to create pathways for disadvantaged Tanzanian youth to score goals on and off the football field.”
— Emanuel Saakai, Founder, CEO and Head Coach, Lengo Football Academy

About Lengo Football Academy

Arusha, Tanzania, is a predominantly Maasai area, with a population of over two million people.  Although Arusha is the safari hub of Tanzania, close to Mt Kilimanjaro and location of the UN Rwanda war crimes tribunal, most of the inhabitants live below the poverty line.

Lengo Football Academy is a not-for-profit which seeks to harness the power of football to bring about positive social change, nurture talent and alleviate poverty in Tanzania. We believe every young person should have the opportunity to transform their lives and reach their potential in life.

Lengo Football Academy in Tanzania offers opportunities for disadvantaged youth, street kids and orphans to better their lives through football. We provide coaching and training six days a week and assist our young players to gain an education, valuable life skills and vocational support as well as provide a professional route for talented new players. In Australia, we run a social enterprise delivering high quality football programs to youth based in Melbourne with 100% of profits supporting communities in Tanzania.

 Lengo Football Academy is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status in Australia.

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Lengo is the Swahili word for goal and we are about scoring goals for life.”
— Emanuel Saakai

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Using football as a tool to enhance opportunities for young people in Tanzania is extremely successful. It gives our young people purpose and hope. Our young players LIVE for football and will do anything to be able to play - even when they don’t have enough to eat!”
— Emanuel Saakai

95% goes to the field 

Most of our administrative costs are being funded by private donors and therefore all donations except for bank fees go directly towards supporting youth programs at Lengo Football Academy in Tanzania.

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Why Football?

Football is globally recognised as a tool to facilitate positive social change, is a practical way to engage young people in their communities and is a universal language that brings people together no matter what their background.