Watch a Congolese Man Make a Soccer Ball From Scraps


Soccer is among the most popular sports in all of Africa, but not everyone has access to the proper equipment. Still, children in rural villages find ways to play their favorite game, often with some inventive tactics. Some fashion makeshift balls from rags or socks, tires, plastic bags, or even inflated condoms.

In a video filmed by The New York Times, a man in the Democratic Republic of the Congo gathers together discarded plastic and fabric, and uses twine to bind the materials together into a ball. He then gives it to a group of children, who kick it around the village’s dirt streets. Watch the incredible and painstaking process in full above.

[h/t The Kids Should See This]

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