What is your name and home field?
My name is Ayouba Fane. Team Ivory Coast plays at McCreesh Playground in Southwest Philly.
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
We heard about the Unity Cup through our club president Paul Konneh.
What were your initial impressions of the Unity Cup?
I was very impressed that the mayor would’ve thought about doing something that will bring people of different nationalities together through soccer.
Why are you passionate about soccer?
Well, soccer is our national sport back home. That’s all we play in schools and in our communities.
Why do you think soccer is so universal?
Soccer is universal because it’s just a unifying force. It includes everyone, rich or poor.
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
I have a strong connection with Ivory Coast. My parents were born there. I was born there.
Is there someone you identify with as they biggest influence in your community either through soccer or in some other way?
I think my club coach Bobby Ali, who will also be coaching Team Ivory Coast, is a big influence on lots of Africans in our community.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia?
It’s lovely living here in Philadelphia, especially Southwest Philadelphia. It’s almost like home.
Do you participate in other leagues or tournaments?
Our club competes in local state cups as well as the National Premier Soccer League.
Can you provide a tagline or quote for your community/team?
Where do you get your information?
Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Soccer Page.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
We are promoting through Facebook on the Ja’Mag Sports page.
If someone wanted to learn more about your team and cultural heritage, where should they go?
Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia.