On Saturday (26th October), the first ever University of Edinburgh Africa Cup of Nations took place at Peffermill Playing Fields. The event which was part of the University’s Africa Week, saw students come together from a variety of African nations, and beyond, to represent the nation of their choice in a 5-a-side football tournament.
Ten nations were represented on the day from South Africa to Morocco, from Congo to Kenya, with one hundred students in attendance. The tournament was fiercely contested, but always in good spirit, and after a pools and Quarter-Final stage; Congo, Morocco, South Africa and Sudan were left to compete for the trophy.
South Africa and Congo saw off Sudan and Morocco, respectively, in two thrilling semi-final matches – South Africa relying on penalties to see of an excellent Sudan team. In the final, the Republic of Congo’s fast start saw them lead 3-0 within minutes of the start. Despite South Africa’s resurgence, Congo held on for a 5-3 victory – becoming the University of Edinburgh’s first ever Africa Cup of Nations champions!
Event organiser, EUSU’s International Participation Officer and Team Kenya captain, Daniel Mutia commented: ‘Thank you to everyone who helped in organising, and to everyone who came to play or to cheer. It’s a demonstration of how strong of a tool sport is in bringing all of us together.’
If you are interested in getting involved in future events such as this, or are keen to get involved in sport at Edinburgh, then you can e-mail Daniel via firstname.lastname@example.org.