August 2017

For the third year running this competition has been marred by Israeli obstruction.   For the first leg ten West Bank players for Ahli Al-Khabeel were not allowed to enter Gaza and the team was obliged to move its goalkeeper to centre forward.  For the second leg ten of the twenty five strong Gazan squad from …

The Irish Times reported: (https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/international/palestinian-visitors-melt-irish-hearts-as-football-finally-takes-centre-stage-1.3173395) The term political football has been around in one form or another for a few hundred years but it can hardly have been much more aptly applied than to the issue of actual football in Palestine. For the next week or so a group of 18 kids from Gaza will be …