Sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova emerged as an independent republic following the collapse of the USSR in 1991.
The bulk of it, between the rivers Dniester and Prut, is made up of an area formerly known as Bessarabia. This territory was annexed by the USSR in 1940 following the carve-up of Romania in the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact between Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s USSR.
A strip of Moldova’s internationally recognized territory on the east bank of the river Dniester has been under the de facto control of the breakaway government of Transnistria since 1990.
Two-thirds of Moldovans are of Romanian descent, the languages are virtually identical and the two countries share a common cultural heritage.
The objectives of AFI Moldova include:
- Encouraging participation at the grassroots level, with a focus on youth and community development
- Establishing Footy 9s in the Moldovan school sports curriculum at both primary and secondary level
- Introducing Footy 9s as a university sport in Moldova
- Providing players with the opportunity to compete in competitions at school and club level in Moldova
- Establishing National Teams (men & women) to compete in matches against other countries
- Securing recognition of Footy 9s as an official sport in Moldova
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