Nf-board se­lects Swe­den to host VIVA World Cup

KFA at­tempts to in­tro­duce Kur­dish foot­ball to out­side world coun­tries

The Kurdish Globe - - SPORT -

de­fi­antly take part in it,"

Kur­dis­tan Team placed third in last year's Nakba Cup and won the Idle Team award as well. Kur­dis­tan's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the last year's Cup was re­garded as a great and his­tor­i­cal achieve­ment not only for the team but for all the Kur­dish peo­ple as well. The play­ers were al­lowed to fly Kur­dish flag and sing their na­tional an­them be­fore the matches

Aim­ing to build re­la­tions with out­side would, Kan­aby said many well-known sports­peo­ple have been in­vited to visit Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. "We as Kurds in­tend to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for our foot­ballers in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in greater tour­na­ments. I would like to re­veal that peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan will be able to see many fa­mous sports­peo­ple, who haven't vis­ited Iraq be­fore, in Kur­dis­tan re­gion in the near fu­ture." He ex­plained

The N.F.-Board, un­of­fi­cially Non-FIFA-Board, is a foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion es­tab­lished on 12 De­cem­ber 2003. It is made up of teams that rep­re­sent na­tions, de­pen­den­cies, un­rec­og­nized states, mi­nori­ties, state­less peo­ples, re­gions and mi­cro na­tions not af­fil­i­ated to FIFA. As an um­brella as­so­ci­a­tion for na­tions un­af­fil­i­ated with FIFA, It or­ga­nizes the VIVA World Cup which is an in­ter­na­tional foot­ball tour­na­ment. Com­pe­ti­tions of VIVA are held ev­ery two years. Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has taken part in this tour­na­ment three times. In 2008, Kur­dis­tan se­cured fourth place, but went on to be­come run­ners-up in 2009 and 2010. Kur­dis­tan had the best chance to win the ti­tle last year play­ing in front of their home crowd and seized their op­por­tu­nity in the lime­light with both hands.

The KFA pres­i­dent, Safin Kan­aby speaks in a con­fer­ence in Er­bil.

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