Accrington man leads alternative World Cup defeats

Accrington man leads alternative World Cup defeats

Accrington man leads alternative World Cup defeats

First published in North West

A TEAM of refugees playing in an alternate World Cup tournament in Sweden were heavily defeated in their two matches at the weekend.

Led by Accrington man Mark Hodson, Darfur United lost their opening match against Padania 20-0 on Sunday, and their second match versus South Ossetia 19-0 on Monday.

Italy star Mario Balotelli’s younger brother Enoch came on as a second half substitute for Padania, and scored a brace, while four other players also scored at least a hat-trick.

Darfur United finished the game with 10 men after midfielder Yaya was shown the red card.

Mark, 36, had admitted before the tournament started his team stood ‘zero’ chance of winning the CONifa World Football Cup.

The former St Augustine’s student, who now lives in Los Angeles, said: “The team was made up entirely of refugees, who live in refugee camps in the middle of the desert in East Chad.

“They live and play in the camps, which are like prisons. Some of them had never played on grass, or even worn football boots before.”

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