By: Amro Khogali
Do you have a home field where you practice or play regularly?
The team has two fields and practices three days a week, all year long.
What made you interested in participating in the Unity Cup?
It’s a chance for the Sudanese community in Philadelphia to interact with other communities. It’s also a chance for the team to get better by facing stronger opponents.
What was your favorite moment from last year’s tournament?
Our win 6-2 against India!
How did your team come together?
The team was founded in 2004 after a couple of members of the Sudanese community in the U.S. decided to establish the Sudanese American Soccer Federation, also known as SASF, in order for Sudanese communities all across the U.S. to meet up for an annual gathering and also a soccer tournament.
What does soccer mean to your community?
Soccer is the number one sport in the Sudanese community and is a way of connecting people of all ages, genders, and color together.
How do you think soccer in general (and the Unity Cup in particular) promotes inclusivity?
As mentioned above, soccer is a great way for people to interact regardless of their age, color, or gender, because people gather to play for the love of the 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?
Sudanese American Community Center and Nubian Community Center in West Philadelphia.
What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you team’s country?
The Nile River, the longest river in the world, flows from south to the north of Sudan. The White and Blue Nile are the two tributaries of the Nile. These two tributaries merge at Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, becoming the Nile River proper before flowing into Egypt.
Its other major tributaries are the Bahr el Ghazal, Sobat, and Atbarah rivers. The place where the two rivers merge is very majestic and should become a major tourism attraction.