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The Will to Never Quit

This blog was originally posted on by Katie-Jay Scott.


Today, each team member’s will was tested greatly in our first ConIFA World Football Cup match against Padania. The final score of 20-0 doesn’t even begin to tell of the work ethic or pride these players displayed for 90 minutes against a backdrop of treelined mountains and clear lakes in Ostersund, Sweden. They never, ever quit. They challenged every ball, and some players really stood out on the pitch. Khamis and Youssouf held strong in the back. They patiently timed their tackles and quickly shut down the offensive attack, even successfully playing an off-side trap on several occasions. At the front, Yaya pushed Padania’s defenders to mark tightly and remain focused for the entire game. Despite one red card against Saleh and three penalty kicks awarded to Padania, Darfur United played every minute as if it were 0-0 and we were fighting for that winning goal.</