Due to a successful GoFundMe campaign in 2021, we were able to send 50 of our players to school in 2022.

As the families of our players are often living off less than $1 per day they barely have enough to feed their family, let alone keep their children in school. The cost to send a child to secondary school is considerably more than for primary school and because of this many of our players drop out after primary school and start working to support the family.

We are proud to support our players in their schooling and help break the cycle of poverty that currently exists.

The Players that we support in 2022.

We are now seeking funds to send 100 of our players to secondary school in 2023.

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We sponsored 69 students in 6 different schools for the 2019 year.
We sponsored 69 students in 6 different schools for the 2019 year.
Research has shown increasing the number of children with access to early education in Africa has US$33 return on investment (ROI) for every dollar spent.
The Copenhagen Consensus Centre


Many Lengo players lack money, limiting their access to education. Whether it be primary, secondary or tertiary schooling, Lengo aims to help its players gain the skills, knowledge and qualifications to allow them to build a stable foundation and reach their potential. Up to 80% of Tanzanian youth do not finish secondary school and this is due to lack of money and resources.

Through player sponsorship you can provide these boys and girls with the education they need to succeed.

Sponsor a player to go to school from $25 a month.

Your gift will support their school fees, accommodation and food.

Your sponsored player will keep you up to date with his or her progress at school and on the football field.

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At Lengo Football Academy we play an active part in the health and wellbeing of our players that goes beyond daily football training.

Over the years we realised that it was not just our young players that required support, but their families as well. In 2016 we piloted the sponsorship of a family and, in particular, a Mama by giving her the capital to build a chicken coop and to purchase chickens and a rooster to start her own small business of selling eggs. At the time the chicken coop was built she was living on less than AU$2 a week and supporting 4 children including one that with severe disabilities.

After a very short time her chickens were able to produce many eggs per week, earning her enough to feed, clothe and school her children. Now, many of our player’s families are empowered by Lengo’s life changing initiative.

For AU$300 you can build a chicken coop like this one and help a family start a small business to support their children to stay in school and have enough to eat each week. We will share your sponsorship family’s story with you and even send you photos as the chicken coop is being built!

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We invite you to play an integral role at Lengo in 2022. Anyone can be a season sponsor whether you are an individual or an organisation.

By pledging a regular monthly donation, you will be right on the touch-line and part of the action.

Sponsors will receive:

  • regular match reports written by the players
  • selected player profiles detailing their positions, talents and interests
  • updates on the players’ studies and vocational training
  • a personalised thank you message straight from Tanzania
  • recognition on the Lengo website and other promotional collateral, where appropriate.

To be a part of this exciting program we invite you to pledge a minimum of $250 a month as an individual or $500 a month as an organisation.

Stand beside our talented players and watch them score goals for life.

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Unemployment in Tanzania is very high and it is extremely difficult for our senior players (aged 16 -24) to find full-time employment. The dangers of our senior players not being able to find work is that, over time, they start to lose hope in life and may turn to anti-social behaviours such as taking drugs and theft for survival.

We have established a 12-month employment program for our players once they have completed school, to help them transition into the workforce. The jobs we provide include coaching, refereeing, driving, administration and operations. We also provide them with money management skills during this time. This 12-month employment program gives young people the chance to start building a stable lifestyle and to save some capital to start their own small businesses such as buying and selling produce, starting small shops/local restaurants, farming and keeping livestock.

Part of this program is providing our players with interview skills and helping them to update their CVs.

As Arusha is the start of the Serengeti Trail, tourism is high. We partner with local tour operators to train and provide jobs for our players in work experiences such as portering for climbers up Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro.

We partner with local companies to help our players secure employment in their field of expertise.

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The passion and enthusiasm of our players (boys and girls) is expressed every day at our training sessions and on match day. Most of our players do not have enough food or water at home and walk for miles to get to training each day.

Lengo Football Academy’s girls team trains from 5-6pm each night

Training takes place after school six days a week, at a very basic primary school ground in Ngaramtoni, Arusha. Our dedicated young players receive skill training, technical, strength and tactical training, football conditioning, general football fitness exercises, dynamic stretching and football mentorship and guidance. Lengo currently has seven teams playing in local competitions.

In addition, Lengo provides players with a rolling program of local and international guest speakers who share vital information and inspiration relating to health, life and leadership skills and vocational opportunities.

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We thank Lengo Football Academy for helping out our country, Tanzania by educating our street children which keeps them far away from drugs, We, the parents of Ngaramtoni, Arusha, have seen your precious efforts and we promise to join hands with you always. Go Lengo!
John Olenanga (Parent of one of Lengo Football Academy's young players in Arusha Tanzania)


Through Lengo’s leadership, Arusha is home to an annual local football league incorporating local teams of different age groups.

Recognising an appetite for learning and participating in football within the community, Lengo has collaborated with the Tanzanian Football Federation to run an annual local league. Lengo engages Government schools to provide an opportunity for the students to play football.

This highly popular program greatly enhances the curriculum offered in Tanzanian schools and enables Lengo to broaden the reach of its network. The aim of these two programs are to give local teams/academies/schools a chance to participate in competitions that help to raise the football standard of our local individual players, as well as our local teams.

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Lengo Football Academy runs an exciting program which has at its heart a unique and inclusive grassroots football philosophy and values set.

This 8-week program is based on the football philosophy of Emanuel Saakai and Lengo Football Academy. Emanuel is a qualified Football Federation Australia (FFA) coach and brings his wealth of experience to the football field to train and coach the students.

This intensive and fun program is aimed at prep to year six boys and girls and is designed to create a positive environment for all players to learn how to play football with joy, freedom and passion. In conjunction to this they will have the opportunity to enjoy this world game and this will help raise their self-esteem and confidence, along with installing the values of teamwork, respect and integrity.

We aim to enable each player to learn how to play football under the proper guidance and supervision of our talented, experienced and qualified coaches.

All profit is used to support disadvantaged Tanzanian youth at our academy in Arusha.

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I have known Emanuel for over four years and became involved with him when I heard about his story regarding Lengo Football Academy that he had set up in Arusha, Tanzania. Over the years, he has spoken to and coached many players and youngsters in their club environment in Australia. Emanuel has also presented at AFCAT (Association of Football Coaches and Trainers) seminars and conferences and at Rowville Secondary College where I am the Head Coach. I believe he is a very talented football coach and has a wonderful story to tell and would encourage you to consider the benefits he can bring to your school and students.
Ian Greener, Head Coach of the Soccer Program, Rowville Secondary College AFCAT co-founder