Banyana star named Mission 89 ambassador

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Mission 89 have recently announced Banyana Banyana international Ode Fulutudilu as their ambassador in order to raise awareness and fight against human trafficking in and around sport.

Fulutudilu becomes the first personality to sign up to the Mission 89 Ambassador Programme. In a statement, Mission 89 revealed that the Banyana striker will work as a delegate of their organisation by using her name, voice, and platform to reach the hearts and minds of the vulnerable.

“I’m excited to be partnering with Mission 89 as their ambassador. Mission 89 is an organisation which aim isn’t to compact human trafficking in sport,” said Fulutudilu, who plays for Aland United in Finland.

“Ode’s journey from refugee to professional footballer is truly remarkable and is inspirational to young athletes all around the world.

“Fleeing from a civil war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and taking refuge in South Africa at a young age with her family, her determination and passion for football won her a scholarship to study in the United States and to play professionally in Europe,” reads the Mission 89 statement.

Lerina Bright, the Executive Director for Mission 89, highlighted that Fulutudilu’s interest in social justice issues and education, are very much aligned with their mission.

“We are delighted to welcome Ode Fulutudilu to Mission 89. Her journey, background, and personality are something that younger generations can learn from and admire,” said Bright.

“Our Ambassador Programme seeks to engage social change makers around the world to combat trafficking in the name of sport.

In 2018, Fulutudilu netted 15 goals in 22 games in the colours of ONS Oulu Women in Finland’s Naisten Liiga, clinching the title of the club’s top goal scorer.

“Human trafficking in the world of sport has gone unnoticed and unchecked for many years because not enough people talk about it,” added Bright.

“I hope to help bring awareness to the exploitation that sometimes occurs when young people want to go into sport, and in doing so help develop people’s knowledge and awareness about the issue,” concluded the Mission 89 Executive Director.

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