A group of grannies in South Africa are keeping active by playing soccer and are now hosting their own World Cup.
The soccer team, Vakhegula Vakhegula, was formed in 2007 and consists of women between 55 and 84 years old.
It started as an initiative by community activist Beka Ntsanwisi, who wanted to encourage local women to improve their physical and mental well-being.
The initiative has been effective in promoting women’s health and has inspired the formation of several teams across the country and worldwide.
“At my age, I think if I was not in this sport I should have been confined to a wheelchair,” 66-year-old striker Flora Baloi, who suffered from arthritis, told Reuters.
This year, the International “Grannie” Soccer World Tournament was held in South Africa’s Vakhegula Vakhegula, with up to 15 countries participating, including the United States, France, Togo, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.