A village takes on a nation
The World Cup might still be months away, but the village of Dunoon took on representatives from Sierra Leone, Sudan and the Congo in a friendly game last Friday night.
The match was organised by Luke Addinsall, who works with African refugees as a community development officer through the Men and Family Centre.
“They (the African community) had identified that playing soccer was something they wanted to do and we looked at a few different clubs, but at Dunoon we could do it under lights and it was good to do something out of Lismore, so we hired a bus and went from there,” he said.
There had been some Africa v Africa games played at social functions and some of the players are involved with other clubs, but some members of the African community have expressed an interest in having their own team, but transport and other logistical problems mean that it is unlikely to happen this season.
About 150 turned up to watch the match and, for the record, Dunoon won the match 8 goals to 6. But as Luke pointed out Dunoon had “a whole other team on the bench” whereas the African All-stars only had one man on the interchange.
“I think everyone really appreciated the game and enjoyed getting out of town. Some had never been to Dunoon before,” Luke said.