What is your name and home field?
My names is Ali Mustafa. Our home fields are Beverly Hills Recreation Center and Thomas Holme Field.
How did you hear about the Unity Cup?
I heard about it from our team’s coach, and he got the good news from our community representative to the City who got the invite from Hani White, the Deputy Director of Immigrant Affairs at the City of Philadelphia.
What were your initial impressions of the Unity Cup?
I am very excited and anxious to participate in such a unique tournament.
Why are you passionate about soccer?
I’ve been playing soccer for as long as I remember. It’s the most famous sport in the world, and it’s a great way to learn teamwork. It’s also a great way to bring people from different backgrounds together.
What is your connection to the team you are playing for?
Our team is mostly second generation Sudanese Americans who were born and raised in the United States; we practice three times a week with the big team who are our mentors.
Is there someone you identify with as they biggest influence in your community, either through soccer or in some other way?
There are so many people in our community that play a huge role in guiding our youth in the right direction, each in a different way.
Is there someone in your community you look up to?
There are too many to names give.
What do you love about living in Philadelphia?
I love living in Philadelphia because it’s a melting pot of so many cultures, and it’s the birthplace of our country.
Do you participate in other leagues or tournaments?
Yes, we have our yearly Sudanese American Soccer Tournament that is played in different cities every year. Moreover, most of our players play in other leagues throughout Pennsylvania.
Can you provide a tagline or quote for your community/team?
One team, one heart, one love (Victory is ours).
Where do you get your information?
We get our information and news through our community, television/radio and social networks.
How are you promoting your team? How are you bringing the team together?
We are promoting our team mainly mouth to mouth and through social media. We also announced it at a few of our community gatherings.
If someone wanted to learn more about your team and cultural heritage where should they go?