By: Al Hassane Fall
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
We participated in the last two years, and our love for soccer.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
The group picture with other teams after the games because it created a real sense of camaraderie and ‘unity’. Also, the great competition and great ambiance.
How did your team come together?
We already had a Senegalese Young Member group and used to play around a bit.
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Most of the guys on the team are either students or came to the US to study. Some immigrated with their parents at a young age.
What does soccer mean to your community?
It’s the number one means of entertainment.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
Most professional soccer teams include multiple nationalities and need skills from all the players to excel. A soccer tournament like the World Cup or the Unity Cup brings together multiple teams from all around the world. When you watch or play the game, you don’t see the color of a player’s skin; all you see is their skills and the beauty and fun of the game.
What places in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about the culture of the country your team represents?
Many restaurants in West Philly, like Kilimandjaro (4317 Chestnut St.) or Le Mandingue (6620 Woodland Ave.).
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about your team’s country?
We are a team or guys just looking to have fun on the soccer field.