Cape Verde Cup 2016: Playing for a good cause

The sixth instalment of the small-field football tournament known as the ‘Kap Verde Cup’ took place this year in Vienna. We were there, once again, and finished bottom of the group, which is almost becoming a tradition! Playing football and being cheered on for a good cause, namely the Delta Cultura Educational Centre in Tarrafal on Cape Verde.

The benefit tournament was organised by Delta Cultura, a club which we have supported for more than 10 years: Delta Cultura supports children and adolescents in Tarrafal on the island of Cape Verde in the central Atlantic Ocean. Their vision is education as a foundation for a brighter future. Education, culture and sport – to create perspectives and combat poverty.

The Saturday saw 16 teams compete in front of around 300 fans for the much-coveted – and for us unattainable – trophy: but we were pitted against tough opponents. Losing 3-0, 3-0 and 2-0 was the best we could do in the late morning. Though we failed to taste victory, we did manage to savour some of the heavenly Cape Verdean specialities.

Away from the pitch, there was lots going on for the whole family – for the little ones and grown-ups alike: an extensive children’s programme, live music and delicious Cape Verdean food and drink.

Among all the teams that gave the impression that they were there only to play football, we were particularly pleased to get to know the “ankle hackers” – in any case, our abilities still leave room for improvement. With that in mind, we will use the coming months leading up to the next tournament to practise together with the goal of reaching next year’s final.

For this exceptional club, we took home the wooden spoon (again this year) with our heads held high, only one sprained toe among the team, and many new friendships. We are already looking forward to next year’s tournament!

Photos: Matthias Hausdorf (