If someone was writing a fictional movie about Darfur United and their journey to scoring their first ever international goal, Mubarak Haggar is exactly who you’d want to be the hero. Mubarak was chosen to be the striker for his all-refugee team, and strike he did.
The first goal came at the start of the second half of their last game at the Viva World Cup for Darfur United. Mubarak put the ball on the far left corner and in to the net, and he ran and jumped into history. He has a huge smile and is always a positive and most pleasant young man to be around. After the game when he scored the goal, his face was serious and tears filled his eyes, as he sat in the small room close to a surreal soccer field, which was now enveloped by a cloud of sand at dusk, in Erbil, Iraq. He knew that the moment he just helped shape was resonating all the way to Africa, in refugee camps up and down the Chad-Sudan border, and in Darfur, the land he escaped from because of violence. On his face, pride.
Mubarak is #17 for the first ever Darfur United squad. We have limited edition “M Haggar” #17 jerseys available at the Darfur United “store” — only 50 people will be able to wear Mubarak’s jersey! At a future date, we will have jerseys for your other favorite players, so keep checking in.

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