Our History

GDM is a sport and recreation club that was founded in 1980 by the community of Manica, in the province of Manica, Mozambique.

In a time of brutal civil war; ordinary people expressed their need for social cohesion, hope and a belief that life under the Mozambican sun can be good. So the community in 1980 formed an ‘association’ with the aim of providing sport and recreation activities to a town in dire need of strengthened social fabric. ‘Keeping the children occupied’ was and is the mandate given to the ‘clube’ by the people of Manica.

32 Years later, the very same club, crippled by overbearing poverty and socio-economic challenges still held fast to their dream. Their building was dilapidated, but their pride and belief in a better life remained. In 2006 GDM partnered with the University of Johannesburg to start ‘operation reclaim the dream’: a dream of a holistic club that use sport, specifically football to facilitate social change. The rest, as they say is history.

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Old shirt, organised by Gert Binder. Note the HIV-Aids messaging!
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For an extensive history of Mozambique, Manica and GDM you can download a Masters Dissertaion (cum laude) done at University of Johannesburg here.