Jan Cronje

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.