Football Tournament for Syria

The Human Appeal Charity football tournament kicked off on 1st June to raise money for our Yarmouk appeal, organised by the wonderful Azzedine Benchenna and Anas Almahroum at Leicester Celtic Football Club, Nutgrove.

Azzedine who is a certified referee, was on hand throughout the day to regulate the games and give his professional opinion.

Seven multi-cultural, multi-faith teams played head to head in the beautiful game that is football, to see who would come out triumphant.

Who would acquire the title of Charity football champions 2014? With glory in the minds of every team, tensions were high and competition strong. From the look of concentration on the player’s faces it was clear, that this was a tournament they were taking very seriously.

Following the strenuous qualifying rounds, it was left to “The Iraqi Team” and  “The Poets” to battle it out in what would be a nerve-wracking final. There were goals galore on both sides, but it looked as though “The Poets” would come out on top.

As the teams headed into the final minutes, it was clear “The Poets” were beginning to tire, exhaustion showing in their faces and culminating in “The Iraqi Team” leveling the goal score to 4-4.  Ahmed Alabed, captain of “The Iraqi Team” powered his team forward against the waning “Poets”  to score the winning goal with only seconds to spare.

As the final whistle blew there was a feeling of euphoria not only from the winning team but all participants, a true camaraderie among brothers collecting for an honourable cause, Syrian relief.