Drake says it will play football game in Africa

Drake University plans to face an all-star team from Mexico in

Tanzania next year in what the school says will be the first

American football game ever played in Africa.

The school announced Wednesday that the Bulldogs, who compete in

the Football Championship Subdivision, will play on May 21 in

Moshi, Tanzania, in the inaugural Global Kilimanjaro Bowl.

Players from each team will hold a football clinic for local

children. They’ll also stay after the game for community service

projects, including work on an orphanage, and to hike Mount


Drake coach Chris Creighton says the trip will meet his dream of

bringing American football to a place that’s never experienced it


Drake officials didn’t specify the cost of the trip but say they

were accepting donations to help cover expenses.