Second edition of an expanded football competition joined by 44 African teams
GUANGZHOU, China, June 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The second edition of the GOAL football tournament organized by MoneyGram, a global provider of innovative money transfers, concluded with "Future FC 1" taking home the title of Guangzhou Champions. They fought hard against "Galaxy FC 2" but managed to win the exciting match with an impressive result 2:0.
"Over the last three weeks, we witnessed a true passion for football. We are happy to see GOAL growing with the second edition now expanded into 7-a-side tournament to enable more talented football players to join. I'm sure that the presence of Obafemi Martins, who took part in the opening ceremony, will make a positive change to the everyday lives of the African community here in China," said Sabrina Chan, MoneyGram's regional marketing lead, Asia, China and Mongolia.
The event energized the local community with 44 teams participating and thousands of supporters showing up to cheer for their favourite players. MoneyGram GOAL culminated in a grand finals weekend with the best 16 teams playing in a knockout format. Footballers representing Cameroon, Congo, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, and Guinea competed for the prestigious champion title and the trophy as well as the chance to take home the Grand Prize of USD 3,000.
"We are so happy that we won this tournament. We have been looking forward to returning and trying to take this title for our club once again. We would like to take this opportunity to thank MoneyGram for bringing this tournament to our community. Football is our passion and MoneyGram has been able to bring together the best African teams in Guangzhou for this sport festival and allow us to showcase our talent. We look forward to defending our title in 2018," said Nelson Chidi, the captain of "Future FC 1".
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