MANY residents of Philippi saw locals and foreigners from other African countries playing soccer together on the same field for the first time, said an organiser of Saturday’s “mini-Afcon” tournament.
The event saw six teams from Philippi, and one each from Khayelitsha and Bellville, compete for a trophy inscribed, “Ubuntu has no borders”. All teams fielded at least five foreign-born players, mostly from Somalia, Zimbabwe and Ghana.
In the final between two Philippi teams, ward 88 beat ward 33 5-4 on penalties, after the game ended 1-1. Organiser Mncedisi Mbatha, of the Agency for Refugee Education, Skills Training & Advocacy, said:
“We saw different communities playing, winning, laughing, crying and spending time together.”
The next tournament could be hosted in March at the University of the Western Cape.