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Darfur United Men's Team 2016

Darfur United is co-sponsoring and will participate in its third international tournament August 25-29, 2016!

In a little over one month, the Darfur United Men’s Team will travel to London to compete in the first World Unity Cup.

Help us amplify the voices of refugees and their journey to the World Unity Cup 2016. Your contributions will sponsor: training the team, air and ground transportation to the UK, uniforms and shoes, team travel gear, and supplies for the team including medical provisions, ice, food, water, and sports drinks for the games.

Mahamat Adam Abdallah

A returning player from the 2012 DU team, Mahamat's nickname is Cristiano and he is all action. He's a tough attacking central midfielder and foward who pushes the pace from the first to last whistle. He is not afraid to do the laborious running and tackling for the benefit of his teammates.

    Abdelrazik Haroun Ibrahim

    Abdelrazik is solid on the ball and plays well with teammates Saleh and Youssouf. He communicates well and can also play in the middle of field where his quick pace and endurance will be dangerous on the counter attack.

      Youssouf Mahamat Abdallah

      A mountain of a man at the back for Darfur United! Youssef reads the game very well and uses his physical supremacy to win the ball and then distribute it with great poise and accuracy.

        Abdelbassid Oumar Souleyman

        Abdelbassid is a solid leader with a wise head on his shoulders! He occupies the role of holding midfielder, though also possesses the versatility to fulfill a number of roles. He keeps things simple and organized….sometimes the hardest thing to do!

          Ismail Abdraman Ibrahim

          Ismail "the Comedian" Abdraman is a leader who works hard for his teammates. He motivates and encourages, and he defends with pride and shoots the ball with a purpose.

            Saddam Hissein Dine

            Left footed lightning! Saddam has tremendous pace and an engine to match. He's attack minded and positive. Saddam always entertains in every game and never misses an opportunity to get forward. He's also very entertaining off the field and is a great dancer!

              Mahamat Mahamoud Annour

              A quick and intelligent left footer, Mahamat, takes every opportunity to get forward and support the attack. He possesses a great left foot and can produce lethal crosses into the box.

                Moubarak Abdallah Ahmat

                A leader on and off the field, Muobarak provides a tremendous outlet for the Darfur United team. He is built in the style of an old fashioned yet industrious wing player who likes to get down the line to deliver crosses and link play.

                  Bichara Khalil Abderaman

                  Bichara brings height to the Darfur United team, but also laughter and encouragement. As a defender he anticipates where his opponent plans to go and meets him with strength.

                    Moubarak Khamis Ahmat

                    Another strong and elegant player who can provide the team with a number of options due to his versatility. Strong in possession and excellent with both feet, Khamis can occupy a number of positions and will be a critical performer for the team.

                      Ismail Gamaradin Abakar

                      Brave, bold and always with a smile on his face, Ismail will once again provide Darfur United with tremendous cover in goal and will not disappoint when called upon. He is very popular member of the squad and a great team player.

                        Abdelhamid Mahamat Djouma

                        Gentle Giant, Abdulhamid hails from Farchana Camp and was a member of the 2012 DU team. Brave and imposing, he has significantly improved since 2012, and this year he will be an even stronger force in the goal.

                          Midfielder 2

                          Mobile, strong on the ball, fearless, relentless, and can bring the Darfuri spirit into the heat of the game. Must be able to maintain possession of the ball and be disciplined positionally with and without the ball. We’re particularly interested in players who play in the central areas, helping to solidify a strong "spine" to our team.


                            The first and, to date, "only player" to score for the Darfur United team in competitive action, Haggar will be remembered forever in Darfuri Football History. We are looking for the next Haggar to bring joy to the team and its supporters, and to forever etch his name in Darfur United football history this summer in the UK.

                              Central Defender

                              We are looking for a strong, committed player who is able to compete for the ball on the ground and in the air. Must be a leader and feel comfortable in possession of the ball, being able to distribute well and bring the ball out of the back line. This player will play a pivotal role in the team’s success.

                                Midfielder 1

                                Mobile, strong on the ball, fearless, relentless, and can bring the Darfuri spirit into the heat of the game. Must be able to maintain possession of the ball and be disciplined positionally with and without the ball. We’re particularly interested in players who play in the central areas, helping to solidify a strong "spine" to our team.

                                  Team Physio Alex Nuttall-Smith

                                  "Dr." Alex, as the Darfur United players affectionately call her, keeps our team on the field. She monitors their nutrition, heals their aches and pains, and always has an emergency action plan. She'll be traveling to the UK to make sure the team stays healthy for the World Unity Cup.

                                    Coach Mark Hodson

                                    Darfur United's Head Coach has traveled to the refugee camps in eastern Chad, as well as to two international tournaments in Iraqi Kurdistan and Sweden with the team. Now he will return to his home country to lead the DU players at the first World Unity Cup.

                                      By co-sponsoring and competing in the World Unity Cup, Darfur United will inspire the thousands of displaced Darfuris by representing and connecting them to the world; the players will be given a global platform to amplify the voices and needs of their people; and they will garner much-needed support for education, sports, and nutrition for children in the camps.

                                      Get a closer look at the team! Check out this video of Darfur United at the 2014 ConIFA World Football Cup in Ostersund, Sweden.

                                      Darfur United Media Coverage

                                      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. Check out some of the media coverage below.

                                      Like Soccer, but sick of FIFA? This is the World Cup for you
                                      Global Post, July 21, 2015

                                      World Cup for rebel republics to be played in Abkhazia
                                      The Guardian, July 14, 2015

                                      Coach Mark’s BBC World Football Interview (Starts at 20:55)
                                      BBC World Football Podcast, July 17, 2014

                                      World Cup Soccer, In the Land of The Hungry
                                      The Huffington Post, July 3, 2014

                                      An Alternative World Cup
                                      The New York Times, July 2, 2014

                                      The Strange Story of How Darfur Got its Own Soccer Team
                                      LA Weekly, June 26, 2014

                                      Darfur United and the alternative world cup
                                      BBC, June 6, 2014

                                      The World Cup for Outsiders: From Genocide to Glory
                                      CNN International, May 30, 2014

                                      [VIDEO] Budweiser Rise As One Modern Stories Ep. 4: “Darfur United”
                                      VICE, April 30, 2014