Brighter futures cup success

By Jonathan Levy

FOOTBALLERS from some of the world’s most deprived countries gathered in Manchester to take part in the very first Brighter Futures Cup.

The event, which was held at Manchester Grammar School on Saturday 24 October 2009, saw Bury Solidarity, Community Newspaper Mule, AC Mancunia, Inter Mancunia, Dynano Dairy, Red Cross FC, Mile One United, FC Southfort, Omid FC, Salford Welcome and Ucomm FC all compete to win the tournament which visibly meant so much to some.

Players from poverty stricken countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, and several African nations were on hand to take on locally born players in the seven-a-side competition.

After tense group and knockout stages, Salford Welcome won the day’s main attraction, the Brighter Futures Cup after seeing off Omid FC in a closely contested match which finished 1-0.

Local rivals AC Mancunia and Inter Mancunia fiercely fought out the Shield final which saw AC Mancunia take home the honours, winning 2-0 after goals from Daps and Omar Mutar.

Martin Tumuslime, 23, of Uganda Community of Greater Manchester (Ucomm FC), was delighted to win player of the tournament, saying: ”I am really pleased to have taken part and engaged with others today. We may all be from different communities but we all share a love of football and that’s what makes this kind of event so good.”

The day was organised by Inter Mancunia who aim to help disadvantaged young people in Manchester. They welcome players from all communities and along with other teams who took part in the tournament, do a lot of good work with refugees and assylum seekers.

Jenny Louden, Inter Mancunia chairperson, said: “It’s taken a lot of hard work and planning but I’m delighted at what a big success today has been. Hopefully, this will now become a yearly event.”

Manchester FA were thanked for providing referees who praised the “good, clean-spirit” of the day.

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