Soccer Tournament for the benefit of New Kuchingoro Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp Abuja
Group photo with IDPs and members of the Embassies of Germany, Argentina/Finland and Adam Smith International (UK)
(© German Embassy)
In May the German Embassy organized a Soccer Tournament for International and IDP-teams in Abuja. The New Kuchingoro IDP/Refugee Camp fielded 5 excellent teams, squaring off against squads from the Embassies of Germany, Argentina/Finland and Adam Smith International (UK). The German Embassy has a long standing relationship to the New Kuchingoro IDP/Refugee Camp, having funded a small health clinic to combat malaria and other diseases amongst the IDPs. The partnership with the New Kuchingoro IDP camp came about in February 2016 when the Former German President Joachim Gauck visited the IDP camp on his state visit to Nigeria.
The idea behind the tournament was to reach out to the affected communities of the IDPs. To that effect the IDP teams received sets of matching jerseys and soccer balls to bring back to their communities in the New Kuchingoro Camp. Everybody involved had a great time and we saw some outstanding soccer matches, with many IDPs showcasing great talent. Interestingly enough, Argentina won the championship after a penalty shootout. Media members were also present to promote the event and a particularly colorful article was written by the Premium Times, which we encourage you to read