The Rhino Cup Champions League consists of
12 teams playing a 22-week season.
132 Games in the Rhino Cup Champions League season.
6 Games are played every Sunday.
Wild and Free Foundation, provides uniforms and equipment for all teams. Transportation for the away teams, referee and linesmen pay, prize money, trophies, medals, end of season tournament and celebration costs.
The Rhino Cup Champions League was established in 2018 to help eliminate the practice of rhino poaching by the young men of the community and surrounding communities. Young men are recruited by organized crime syndicates to risk their lives and freedom to kill rhinos. Rhino horns are illegally shipped to Asia for the rich elite to impress each other with exotic wild animal parts for decoration, gifts, consumption, and ancient medicinal beliefs.
The RCCL provides young men a healthy and positive activity and opportunity in a place where few exist.
In 2016, Wild and Free Foundation went to Sabie/Corumana, Mozambique to meet with community leaders about the rhino poaching challenge. The community had two main problems with rhino poaching - many young men in the community were being killed and arrested while attempting to poach rhinos, and the organized crime element that runs rhino poaching was corrupting the community with drugs, weapons, prostitution and crime.
Wild and Free Foundation asked how we could help.
The community suggested we start an organized soccer league for young men to include 12 teams from nine surrounding communities. It was decided that a league committee would be formed, and a proper season played, and on April 14, 2018, we officially kicked-off the inaugural season of the Rhino Cup Champions League.
The Rhino Cup Champions League has 12 teams from 9 communities.
With open mind and innovative spirit, we are dedicated to supporting and conserving the natural world by protecting wildlife and wildlife habitat and engaging and uplifting communities living beside wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Rhino Cup 2017. Finals between Corumana FC and Tchuela FC.
The Wild & Free Foundation's, Rhino Cup Champions League was established to not only uplift the local communities in Mozambique but also to help eliminate the practice of rhino poaching in existing and neighboring South African parks. The aim is to show young people that Wild and Free Foundation could offer healthy alternatives to rhino poaching as a way of earning money. This includes competing in sporting events for prize money sponsored by the Wild and Free Foundation. This ongoing event would also garner trust among the community for Wild and Free Foundation to establish an eco-friendly tourism lodge from which local people could earn a living.