Darfur United Women’s Soccer Team
The Darfur United Women’s Team began in 2018 and is made up of female players from eight refugee camps in eastern Chad. Darfur United gives the women of Darfur the opportunity to train, compete, and represent their people on the field, and bring new possibilities for women and girls in their community, where few exist today. Building on the success of the Darfur United Men’s Team, the Women’s Team will continue to bring hope to 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.
Oumkal stands out for her technical ability and field vision. She is a calming presence on the field, orchestrating the run of play from the midfield. She joined the team during the inaugural Darfur United Women’s Team tryouts in 2018.
Fiza Adam Abdellrahaman
Earning a spot of the Darfur United Roster in 2018, Fiza is a defender every team wants on their side. She has a tireless work ethic and defends with focus and tenacity. She says, “All my life I wish to spend playing football.”
Fatna Abakar Ibral
Fatna hopes to “develop soccer for women in Darfur.” She excels at taking advantage of weaknesses in opponents’ defense, and combined with her pace, creates chances to give her team the lead. Fatna earned a position on the Darfur United roster in 2018.
Soumiya Mahamad Adam
Soumiya brings strength and organization to the Darfur United backline. She is always working to win the ball from opponents, then quickly transition the game up the field. She says, “I wanted to join the team to show that women play football. It makes me happy.”
Ache Azeen Maussa
Ache started her football career as a player in the Refugees United Soccer Academy. Now as an adult, she wanted to be part of the Darfur United Team because she “saw girls playing football on video and knew the women of Darfur needed a team also.” As a midfielder, she brings critical pace and vision to the team.
Kobra enjoys playing defense because “defenders need to be smart and have a lot of knowledge about football.” She is a strong player with quick feet, and her understanding of the game is an invaluable asset to the Darfur United backline. Kobra joined the roster in 2018.
Nouha Dad Oumar
Nouha is a natural goal scorer. During inaugural Darfur United Women’s Team tryouts in 2018, she showed an ability to break through defensive lines and create scoring opportunities for the team. She says she wishes to play for Darfur United because “It is my team and country.”
Tieba Khamis Ibmiss
Tieba brings invaluable creativity to the Darfur United middle and attacking thirds of the field. Her unique use of space and skill makes her difficult to defend as she ignites attacking opportunities for her teammates. She notes, “ I want to create my future through football.”
Aida Jede Maussa
Aida joined the Darfur United roster in 2018. She is a uniting force for the players, with a leadership presence that is inclusive of her teammates and a level of focus that will help the team progress forward. She keeps the DU defense grounded with her calm, patient play.
Isma Mahamad Oumar
You can find Isma covering the width of the field for Darfur United. Her pace and persistence make her a dangerous winger in transition. She says, “Before I joined Darfur United, I always wanted to play. My family was supportive of me. They said, ‘You have to go to the field.’”
Souhila Al-Fateh Yauumiss
Souhila was a standout player at the first-ever Darfur United Women’s Team tryouts in 2018. She has a competitive spirit that pushes the team forward on the field. Her strength and confidence will be a threat to Darfur United’s opponents.
Sadia Issa Haroun
Sadia joined the Darfur United Women’s team because she “(loves) to play football and to play with a team because around the world, there are women’s teams. I want to play for the next generation of Darfur.” Her tactical awareness on the pitch helps the team take advantage of creative spaces in the attacking third and close down opponents in the defensive third.
Siema Issak Ada
Siema earned a roster position with Darfur United in 2018. She is a natural with her feet on the ball. Her strengths include individual attacking and quickly changing the direction of play. Siema plays to, “support women’s power. We wanted a special place for women” to play.
Fatna Sabir Alnar
Fatna plays with her heart on her sleeve. Her quite, yet fierce presence as a defender helps the team maintain possession and a clean sheet. She wants “to help the community. I hope young girls can play one day.” Fatna joined the Darfur United roster during tryouts in 2018.
Fatna Jaumma Ali
Fatna Jaumma noted, “In the community, girls were not playing football…Now I am also a player on a women’s team. This is a great thing.” Fatna excels in connecting her teammates’ movements and passes together in order to get in front of goal. Her tireless work ethic is essential to the success of Darfur United’s attack.
Leila Issmail Mahaumad
Earning a spot of the Darfur United roster in 2018, Leila plays with a natural ability to lead. Her communication skills, passion, and grit keep the team spirit high. On the field, she plays with confidence while staying focused on maintaining possession in the middle and defensive thirds of the field.
Guisma Abakar Jauma
Guisma is a tenacious winger for Darfur United. She finds and takes advantage of small spaces to break down opponents and move the team toward goal. She believes the Darfur United team is important because “ after years, people will still remember Darfur.”
Halime Adam Yaya
Halime immediately catches the eye of her opponents, as her speed and technical ability make her a threat against any team. She wants to play forward for Darfur United because “I want to score goals. I want to succeed. It means that now women can be on top.”
Jawahir Ibra Abdel Rasoul
Joining Darfur United in 2018, Jawahir will be a key figure in the DU midfield. She is dangerous on the wings and strong at serving in passes that get behind the opponent’s lines or release pressure from the Darfur United defensive third.
Rachida enjoys playing defense so that, “I can help the team…and I am still happy when my team scores.” She stands out for her patience in individual defending and ability to see and take advantage of opponents’ weaknesses. Rachida joined the Darfur United team in 2018.