Highest ever football match played on Kilimanjaro

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Highest ever football match played on Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro has picked up yet another record. Last month thirty women from across the world played a full ninety-minute football game (that’s soccer to our American friends) in the Crater of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The game, between Volcano FC and Glacier FC, ended in a nil-nil draw but the result wasn’t really the point. The people behind the event, Equal Playing Fields, had arranged the match to highlight the inequality between men and women in sport.

Among the players were several ex-internationals from the world of women’s football, including Erin Blankenship and Lori Lindsey from the US and England midfielder Rachel Unitt. The pitch was marked out with flour to cause no long-lasting damage to the Crater.

The trip was organised through top Kili climbing company Nature Discovery, who have a great report about the match.

About the Author:

I am a little obsessed with Mount Kilimanjaro. Since writing the first edition of the Kilimanjaro guide in 2001 I have climbed the mountain more than 30 times and occasionally leads treks up the mountain myself. And when I'm not in Tanzania researaching for the next edition of the guide (the fifth edition was published in 2018), I can be found living near Hastings, England, updating this website (which was first published in 2006), writing about the national trails of England, answering Kili-related emails and putting on weight. Friends describe me as living proof that virtually anybody can climb Kilimanjaro.