A friendly football match in solidarity with the Rogingyans has been decided to be held in September 24 at 7pm at Kannada School Stadium, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi.
The match between Shine Star FC of Rohingya refugees staying in and around national capital region versus Halqa Super Sevens FC of Abul Fazal Enclave group of students.
Shine Stars Rohingya FC comprises of players from the age of 17 to 36 who have sought refuge in Delhi in past few years. The team was formed towards the end of 2015.
Halqa Super Sevens FC* is an active football club under Delhi Malayali Halqa that has been part of various tournaments in Delhi, which involved players from DU, JNU, JMI, AIIMS AMU and other institutions in Delhi.
Most players of the Shine Star FC reached Delhi with empty hands and risking their lives crossing international borders, said the organisers. Many lost connections with relatives who are trapped in Rakhine state. For Mohammed Shirajullah, captain of the team, football is the flight to freedom, said the organiser.
“Playing football help them forget the pain they had been through. Many see it as a relief from stress and tensions than a passion. “I feel free every time I am on a football field,” said 23-year-old Mohammed Salim as issued in a statement by the organiser.
Friendly Football Organising by the Delhi Malayali Halqa, the most prominent and active platform of Malayali Community in Delhi since 2005. Hlaqa’s humble presence has been great boon for the entire Keralite community in Delhi with various Academic, Cultural and Sports activities.