Football tournament brings Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian youth together

On November 28th 2015, NGO “PRAM” with support from Mitrovicë/a Municipal Directorate for Culture, Youth and Sport, organized the first out of six football tournaments foreseen with the “Football School” subproject that PRAM is implementing within DRC’s “Support to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Mitrovicë/a” project financed by the Swedish Government.

Besides the team from “Football School”, NGO PRAM also invited 5 teams from Lipjan/Lipljane, Podujevë/o, Ferizaj/Urosevac, Shtime/Stimlje, and Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje. All the teams are from the Roma Ashkali and Egyptian communities.

“Football School” beat the team from Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje in the final match and won the tournament. The third place went to the team from Podujevë/o. The matches were refereed by Besart Halili and Sadik Rahmani who are members of the Association of Referees from Mitrovicë/a.

At the end, all three teams received medals and cups. Ishref Curolli (Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje team) was unanimously chosen as the best player of the tournament, and was rewarded with gratitude and a soccer ball. Nevzat Beluli (“Football School”, Mitrovicë/a)  was chosen as the top scorer of the tournament and received acknowledgment and a soccer ball, while the prize of “Fair Play” went to the team from Podujevë/o, who was rewarded with gratitude and a soccer ball. Read more on the event in the local online portal MitrovicaTopPress.

The next football tournament will be organized on 15 February 2016, celebrating Ashkali Day.