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An Award to the Fatih Municipality From President Erdoğan


absmiddle Yazdır   -A | A+ 04.10.2017
The Fatih Municipality has been granted an award with the ‘African Friendship Sports Project’ in the Social Projects Competition, which was organized by the Local Administrations Presidency of AK Party Headquarters.

Mustafa Demir, the Mayor of the Fatih Municipality, received the award from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

The award ceremony of Local Administrations Project Competition was realized in the Consultation Meeting of Mayors with the participation of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, which was organized in the Convention and Exhibition Center of the Ankara Chamber of Commerce. The Mayors, ranking the highest in the Competition, have been awarded by  President Erdogan. The Fatih Municipality has been granted an award this year again with the ‘African Friendship Sports Project’ in the category of Social Projects. Mustafa Demir, the Mayor of the Fatih Municipality participating in the award ceremony, has received the award from President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. At the end of the program, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a souvenir photo taken with the ‘African Friendship Sports Team of the Fatih Municipality’.

THE AFRICAN FRIENDSHIP SPORTS

The African Friendship Sports Football Team of the Fatih Municipality has started in 2011 with the understanding of “Sports is Friendship and brotherhood”, which is the common language of the whole people in the world, because of the fact that many youngsters with African origin residing in Fatih wanted to benefit from the Sports Facilities belonging to the Fatih Municipality. The project, which was started with 12 people, has transformed into The African Friendship Cup with 16 teams from 16 countries. The African Friendship Sports Team is consisted of 30 footballers as 25+5 coming from the countries such as Cameroon, Nigeria, Zambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, New Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Zambia, and Republic of the Congo and Somali. The teams all have a football manager as well. Mustafa Demir, the Mayor of the Fatih Municipality, has explained their targets related to this project, foundation of which was laid down in 2011 as follows: “Our target is to introduce the players of our African Friendship Sport football team to our football community and thus realize their incomplete dreams. The African youngsters started out their journey with a promise to play in the Turkish Super Leage, however, they were deceived by vicious football traders, and many of them were simply left alone in the Beyazıt square. Once we discovered our African footballer brothers, who devoted their lives to football and therefore left their countries for this cause, we held ourselves responsible for this situation and wanted to make their dreams come true as a social project. We aimed at bringing those footballers coming from Africa together with the world Football Managers by means of the African Cup tournament hat has been organized for the last 6 years. 41 footballers have been transferred to different teams up to now.” Some popular names of the football world, such as Rüştü Reçber, Saidou, Necip Uysal and Pascal Nouma, have also supported the project by participating in the opening programs of the African Cup.