Darfur United Men’s Soccer Team
The Darfur United Men’s Team began in 2012 and as a joint effort between the refugee community, iACT, the UN Refugee Agency and soccer fans. That year, the soccer team scored the Darfur community’s first international goal at Viva World Cup in Iraqi-Kurdistan. Since then, the team has been a vehicle for global awareness and a vehicle for hope and pride for the Darfur community.
This movement has brought hope and joy to the displaced people of Darfur. Darfur United has successfully inspired the Darfur people, fostered unity and cohesion among Darfuri tribes dispersed between the camps, and served as a microphone for an often voiceless and powerless community. The 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup in Sweden gave stage for the players to share their story and advocate for themselves, as the tournament reached 300 million people across 61 countries through TV, radio, and newspaper coverage and live reporting. Darfur United is a co-host of the World Unity Cup 2016 in London.
World Unity Cup 2016
Celebrating the joy of bringing people together through the most beautiful of games: football.
The inaugural World Unity Cup 2016 is a four-team football tournament taking place in London on August 25th to the 29th. The winner qualifies for the CONIFA World Football Cup 2018. Competing: Tamil Eelam Football Association, Chagos Football Association, Darfur United, and Ellan Vannin International Football Team.
Matches will be played at Sutton United FC: The Borough Sports Ground on August 25, 26, and 28, 2016.
This tournament is co-sponsored and co-organized by Tamil Eelam Football Association, Chagos Football Association, and Darfur United.
Mahamat “Iggy” Enigy is a special player and a special person. He played on the first Darfur United team in 2012 and 2014, and will be on the team for the 2016 ConIFA World Football Cup. Iggy has a style of his own, and he is interesting and insightful. He will be sending us messages from his home in a refugee camp on the Chad-Sudan border. Follow his story.