The cream of Australian African football talent will be on display at the 4th annual Australian Somali Football Championships to be held at Flemington, Darebin and Kensington in Melbourne from 21-29 December.
This year’s Open Men’s event sees eight teams from Melbourne battle it out for the title against six interstate teams and two teams from New Zealand with the Under 18s growing to six teams from across Melbourne.
The teams comprise players from the refugee Horn of African Australian communities including Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Australian Somali Football Association (ASFA) Chairman Ahmed Shide said he was thrilled with the growth of the event, and added, “We again thank our partners who have supported the tournament which is the highlight of the year for a lot of our community members. In 2014 our objective is unity and constructive community integration and we look forward to bringing the Horn of African community together to showcase our many positives.”
The Championships Opening Ceremony will take place at Debney’s Park Flemington at 3.30pm on Saturday, 21 December followed by the opening game at 5 pm featuring North Melbourne Flemington against Wellington.
The Men’s Finals, Under 17s Final, Masters Game, and Bronze Medal Men’s game will take place on Sunday, 29 December, between 12 and 6 pm, at JJ Holland Park, 67-121 Kensington Rd, Kensington. The closing ceremony will begin soon after.
Open Men’s Teams
Group A: Reservoir, Adelaide 1, Maribyrnong, Banyule
Group B: Carlton, Brisbane, Dandenong, Kensington
Group C: North Melbourne/Flemington, Wellington (NZ), Braybrook, Gold Coast
Group D: Hamilton, Sydney, Broadmeadows, Adelaide 2
Under 18 Teams:
Group A: Collingwood, Oromo Youth, North Melbourne/Flemington,
Group B: Northern Stars, Fitzroy Lions, Reservoir
More details at http://www.aussiesomalifootball.com/ or at Facebook: Australian Somali Football Association