By: George Attah-Asante
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
The diversity and the coming together of many.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
The finals at the Eagles stadium.
How did your team come together?
It’s a group of guys who play all over the city and came together to represent Ghana and the soccer culture which our country stands for.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Team Ghana has members from all backgrounds; some players are professionals in many diverse industries, while others are students. Team players predominantly reside in the greater Northeast or Southwest parts of Philadelphia.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is big in the Ghanaian community. It’s a way for the guys to get together and network and also get to know each other. It brings the various Ghanaian churches around Philadelphia together for healthy competition also. We love our national soccer team and always gather to watch them or go to stadiums to cheer for them, and play in tournaments and even in friendly matches.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
The Unity Cup and soccer bring together communities and people of various countries that have nothing in common. Soccer is like a magnet or glue, when it’s exposed it begins to attract without discrimination of race, color, and religious beliefs. It’s just fun to compete against people from countries one might never visit, to get a taste of what the people are like through the beautiful game.
What places or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about the culture of the country your team represents?
The African American Museum of Philadelphia, Ghanaian churches, and African markets/stores like Kwahu and Gold Coast.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about your team’s country?
I wish more people knew that our first president studied at a Pennsylvania institution– Lincoln University.