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ISSUE 215
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This Week's Somaliland News

Headlines

New Oil Concession Secretly‎ Signed With An Indian Businessman‎

Unknown Flying Object‎ Witnessed In Somaliland Night Sky   

The Baidoa Rendezvous‎‎‎‎

Wales Strikes Out On Its‎ Own In Its Recognition Of Somaliland

American UN Employee Kidnapped In Somalia‎‎

AU Mission To‎ Somaliland Says Recognition Overdue

Regional Affairs

Breakaway State Has Achieved ‎Peace, Stability, Democracy

Range Teams Start Hunting In Somalia‎

The Speaker Of The Parliament Of Somaliland ‎Has Been A Guest Of The Queen In Cardiff And ‎Now Addresses Somaliland Diaspora In The UK

Militia Attack On Puntland's Mps‎

Somali Warlords Reject Call To Lift ‎UN Arms Embargo‎‎

Denmark Asks EU To Stop Djibouti Boycott

Forecast Shows Africa To Face River Crisis

Somali Parliament's Peace Bid Bad For Gun Business‎

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Battle For Hearts In Bandit Country‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

Yemen: Government Calls For Help ‎Curtailing Human Smuggling‎‎

Agreement Is Reached for Students From Somalia

UK Government Invests US$1 Million In ‎Initiative To Fight Pirate Fishing‎

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Somali Book Launch

Book Reviews: Desert Children‎‎

US Will Be Launching Predator Strikes In The Horn‎‎

Viva World Cup

Bossaso Port In Somalia Unlikely El ‎Dorado For The Displaced

Case Study Report

The Ticking Bomb:‎ The Educational Underachievement of Somali Children in the British Schools

Opinions

Well Done Mohamed‎‎ ‎‎

Finance Minister Should Not Be ‎Involved In Budget Preparation‎‎‎‎

Who Shelved The Role Of Attorney General’s Office In The Case Of Joint Needs Assessment Program?


Suzan NUR İ

WITH the FIFA World Cup competition in Germany just months away now, football fans everywhere are looking forward to this festival of the greatest sport in the world. As usual, Turkish Cypriots will not have a team to cheer on as they are banned from playing any FIFA registered team in the world. Which means, nearly everyone.

Nearly everyone, of course, means not everyone. So in November, the TRNC will host the Viva World Cup, for nations and people who do not ‘officially’ exist.

Of course, FIFA is furious about this. But what did they expect? Politics, like it or not, has meant competitive sport has been denied many communities throughout the world with no hope of ever playing opposition on an international stage.

This autumn, the TRNC football team will line up against the likes of Monaco, Somaliland, Kosovo, Chechnya, the Roma people and Tibet, to name a few.

An alternative World Cup which will be played in the spirit of friendship and not, as one Times correspondent put it, "with greedy, mercenary managers, players only motivated by cash bonuses and stadiums packed with corporate guests".

A kind of ‘getting back to grass roots’ football, before it all went horribly commercial.

I congratulate the organizers of this alternative world cup. At a time when countries seem to be more polarized from each other than ever before, when politics rears its ugly head in every aspect of our lives and at a time when the genuine football fan is often dismissed for huge corporate clients, Viva World Cup is something to look forward to. It may not be glamorous but football should be played by all who want it, not just the recognized people of the world.

suzan@londragazete.com


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