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The Ultimate Gift

This blog was originally posted on darfurunited.com 

We arrived in Ostersund with six staff members. If you ask the players, we will only be returning with five. 

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Coach Mark with DU players during training.


Mohammad Adam and Sadaam had a hint of sincerity when they jokingly told me the team is going to do “whatever it takes” to keep Coach Mark in Sweden at the end of this week. If I was in their shoes, I would be saying the same thing!  

After a few days, there is a visible boost in confidence and soccer IQ among the guys. I can easily read the sense of admiration and love for their coach demonstrated in their training — their joyous laughter ringing throughout the stadium as they develop their game under his light-hearted jokes in a mix of English and Arabic.