What is your name and home field location?
Ahmed Ibrahim. We play at Beverly Hills Recreation Center and Thomas Holme Field.
What is your connection to Sudan?
It’s my place of birth.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
I saw it as a way to make connections and strengthen our city by meeting others from different cultures to build a better understanding of our similarities and differences.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Gathering together with different nationalities.
How did your team come together?
We are friends and family in The Sudanese-American Community of Greater Philadelphia.
Note: see below for more info on this group,
Can you tell us a bit about the rest of your team?
Our team is mostly second-generation Sudanese-Americans who were born and raised in Philadelphia.
What does soccer mean to your community?
This is a sport we are passionate about, and to us, it is like the way a plant cannot live without water.
Why is soccer important to you personally?
I have been practicing since I was a child. I started practicing 35 to 40 years ago.
How has soccer made your life better?
It lets me meet with different people from different countries, and it helped me learn about different cultures.
Why do you think soccer is so popular around the world?
In a lot of countries, many people play soccer, and it is one of the only activities that people can play.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
Soccer is a sport that anyone can get into, even little kids have fun just kicking a ball around. When they come together, the love they have for the game brings them together and they disregard their differences.
The Unity Cup is something that many people can join, and the word “Unity” is related to “United” and soccer helps people come together and unite.
What places (such as restaurants or cultural centers) or groups in Philadelphia would you recommend to someone if they wanted to learn more about Sudanese culture?
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about Sudan?
The different traditions, cultures, and practices from city to city, culture to culture, region to region, etc.