Sadock John, from robbing houses to a football World Cup

by | Sep 19, 2022 | World

Sadock John grew up on the streets of Tanzania, playing football and being part of various gangs that would break into houses.He says his father was a very rich guy, but life changed when he left the family. Here, John shares his journey from the streets of Tanzania to representing the country at the Street Child United World Cup and how football changed him.
My father was a goalkeeper for a military team in his village. My brothers also played football, so this sport was kind of me walking in their footsteps.
I was raised by a single mother in Mwanza after my father abandoned the family. He was one of the richest guys on my street. When he left, life became very hard for us. My mother was doing everything but most of the time she was sick and I had to go out to find anything to put food on the table for my family.
I was the fifth among six boys in the family. The life on the streets was very hard. You had to steal, to do anything, to survive.
Playing football on the streets was fun because that was one way to block everything else out and to remove the stress I was under.
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