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A talented International Community football team claimed the Northern Ireland Confederation Cup honours on the final day of the ground-breaking football tournament, on August 3, 2019, organised by Ethnic Minority Sports Organisation Northern Ireland (EMSONI).

The final of this eight-week, inter-community football tournament, ended in a 4-0 win for the International Community side over the tough Ghanaian Community team at Midgley Park in Belfast.

In the third-place play-off Suffolk Community of Belfast defeated Sudanese Community 5-1 to take the bronze medal honours.

The tournament started on the June 9, 2019 at both Olympia Park and Midgley Park with 12 communities competing including Asian, Algerian, Polish, Timorese, Somali, Ghanaian, Zimbabwean, North African, Blackstaff, International, Suffolk and Sudanese Community.

Northern Ireland Confederation Cup is an initiative of EMSONI designed ”to create an all-inclusive platform for diverse communities to participate not only in an inter-cultural football activity to increase participation and integrate diverse people, but to also help to break both cultural and social barriers, bridging ethnicity gap, tackling isolation and promoting social inclusion.”

NI Confederation Cup 2019 was presented to the 2019 champions – International Community by Eileen Chan-Hu, an Equality Commissioner for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

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