A group of friends have set up a new football club in Derby that has to be the city’s most diverse team, featuring players from eleven different nations.
Sulayman Chan, who is originally from Gambia, decided to get together with his friends and created Baobab United FC, named after a tree native to Africa.
The team is designed to encourage communities uniting and has players from various backgrounds including England, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kurdistan, Namibia, Sudan, and Tanzania.
The team trains and plays their matches at Arboretum Park, in Rose Hill, and Sulayman hopes to get in touch with the council in order to help look after the ground and use the facilities as a club house.
The purpose of the club is to bring something positive to the area and give those living in Normanton an opportunity to showcase their skills and talents on a football pitch.
Sulayman, 33, who works as a drug safety and regulatory affairs executive said: “Baobab United FC was established by me and five other friends, with the aim of giving back to our community.
“Along with me, Yaya Cisse, Alnizir Kuri, Albashir Kuri, Prince Mutalemwa and Muhammed Haroun deserve credit for their hard work and continued support in making sure the club was founded.
We intend to achieve this by mainly facilitating organised sports for a varied demographic, organising social events, and fund raising for worthwhile causes in the community.
“We have all put in our own money to get the club started and have manages to secure a sponsorship which will give us a lot of support.
“The club is not just about football, we want it to be a social place where people from all backgrounds are welcome.
“So far we have played six friendlies and won four, it’s a very good start and we hope to continue playing well, our main goal is to become an FA Charter Standard Community Club.
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“We are still on the lookout for more players, and want support from our community in the shape of attendance.
“Baobab United FC is a family club and we want to continue that trend and welcome everyone.”