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The Grand Opening to African Cup with Cüneyt Çakır


absmiddle Yazdır   -A | A+ 28.05.2015
African Cup organized by Fatih Municipality for the third time this year began with the whistle of Europe's number one referee Cüneyt Çakır. The tournament occurred with the participations of Sportoto Super League's star players and the prominent of the sport community as well as Mayor of Fatih Mustafa Demir.

African Cup organized by Fatih Municipality for the third time this year began with the opening game conducted the Europe's number one referee Cüneyt Çakır. As well as the prominent of the sports community, legendary players and Turkish and foreign footballers from Sportoto Super League also attended the opening of the tournament. To the event in which Beşiktaş's star players Cenk Gönen, Necip Uysal, Atınç Nukan, and Stephane Badji from Başakşehir Spor attended, legendary names such as Rüştü Reçber, Tugay Kerimoğlu, Pascal Nouma, Saidou, Ali Cansun and Papen Mustafa gave their support by their participations. Beşiktaş Vice President Ahmed Nur Çebi was also present at the opening of the organization.
The opening game of the African Cup, in which about 400 footballers living in Istanbul from 16 African countries played, witnessed spectacular shows. In the organization in which Africa-specific music, dance and light shows were performed, also the video, "Everywhere is Africa For Us", made by the prominent of the art community was welcomed warmly by all viewers.
“I would like to thank all sports community”
Mayor of Fatih Mustafa Demir, who executed the opening kickoff at the opening of the tournament, made these evaluations about African Cup: “I saw that our African brothers were playing match among themselves, and I was watching the football they played with admiration. After learning their stories, we wanted to do something for them. Many of these young people are licensed promising footballers in their own country. We made "Africa Dostluk Spor Football Team" consisting of African youth, and we met with great interest. Over time, the project developed and became the African Cup which is organized every year. As well as we invested in the future of the young talents, we saw that this event also contributed to the football economy. So far, 24 footballers from Dostluk Spor managed to transfer to amateur or professional clubs in the country and abroad. Here, we are happy to carry out such an event. I want to thank all people from the sports community who supported the African Cup. I thank also our pride Cüneyt Çakır, and I wish success for him during UEFA Champions League Final game that he will conduct.”
Fatih Municipality gives support to sports
Fatih Municipality protects African footballers who are brought from African countries by the malicious football traffickers by being deceived with the promise of playing football in clubs in Turkey. By force of social municipal work, we prove the value given to human in terms of both national and international based on the sporting opportunities offered to African players. The municipality opens its sports facilities within the boundaries of itself for the African footballers who dedicate their whole life to football and left their homeland for this cause. Food aid is provided for the footballers as well as jerseys, tracksuits and training materials.