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HONGKONG-REFUGEES/SOCCER
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May 23, 2017
Twice a week, a group of mostly African asylum-seekers gathers on a soccer pitch in Hong Kong and trains...
Hong Kong, China
The Wider Image: Hong Kong refugee football team kicks up hope
Twice a week, a group of mostly African asylum-seekers gathers on a soccer pitch in Hong Kong and trains for its next match against a local side. The team, All Black FC, is the first of its kind in the former British colony and offers a rare opportunity for refugees from more than 10 mostly African countries to integrate with residents. "As I'm playing football, I feel so excited. I feel happy," said Solomon, 26. The team was set up a year ago by expatriate Medard Koya, a soccer coach from the Central African Republic. He noticed his refugee friends struggling to assimilate into Hong Kong society and thought the beautiful game could serve as a common language to help bridge the gap. REUTERS/Bobby Yip SEARCH "HONG KONG SOCCER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: HONGKONG-REFUGEES/SOCCER
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