What is your name and your home field location?
My name is Samuel Araoye, and we play at Carmella Field.
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
I heard about the Unity Cup from Metro Newspaper.
What were your initial impressions when you heard about the Unity Cup?
I did and still have the feeling that the Unity Cup is a great avenue to bring communities together in a highly diversified city like Philadelphia.
Why are you so passionate about soccer?
Soccer is the greatest sport in the world, and it is surely one of the best ways to enhance unity in a community.
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
My root hails from the Southwestern part of Nigeria, and we have players from different sections of the country. Team Nigeria is also composed of players from the Far East Asia, West Africa and Central America (the islands). We are a team that consists of diversity and welcomes people regardless of where they come from.
Is there someone you identify with as the biggest influence in your community, either through soccer or in some other way?
Famous Nigerian soccer players and coaches, such as Samson Siasia, Mikel John Obi, Kanu Nwakwo, Rashidi Yekinni and Stephen Keshi, are all inspiring to our community.
Is there someone in your community you look up to?
High chief MC Orji Iroko Mbaise, Eze-Ndigbo, USA., Chief Coach Gabriel Otigbu, Coach Fidelis (Festac FC), Pastor T. Babatunde (CT United), Dr. Babatunde, Mr. Jim Olabintan, Mr. Chris Branscome (CEO, EPYSC), Mr. Bill Salvatore, Mr. James Gilbert, Mr. C. Afolabi, Ms. G. Hawkins, Mr. Jim Owotomo (CPA), Mr. Mark Harvey, and Ms. Bolaji Gray have all brought positive influence to our community and are inspirational figures that I look up to.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia? Or outside the city?
I believe Philadelphia is the most diverse, peaceful, healthy and the best city to live and work for thriving people with equal opportunities.
Do you participate in other leagues and/or tournaments other than the Unity Cup? If so, which ones?
No, we do not participate in any other leagues or tournaments. The Unity Cup will be the first competitive matches that we will be a part of.
Is there a tagline or quote that best describes your community?
Unity augments teamwork for wonderful performances.
Where do you get your information/news from?
We receive information from online, newspapers, radio and television.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
I am promoting our team by networking through diverse communities with a collaborative spirit of togetherness.
To learn more about your team and cultural heritage, where can someone go?