Football West’s annual Africa Down Under Cup took place at Langley Park on Thursday with Togo winning the men’s competition for the second year in a row and Uganda taking out the first-ever women’s tournament.
This was the eighth edition of the event and a record 16 teams took part. As ever it was held during the Africa Down Under mining conference, which occurs at the nearby Pan Pacific Hotel, and Paydirt Media joint hosts of the Cup.
All of the teams were sponsored by mining companies or associates and Football West CEO James Curtis said it was great to see big business getting behind community football.
“This is one of the most popular events on our calendar and it is growing every year,” he said.
“We know the mining delegates and African government representatives love to come down and enjoy the football and their involvement is very much appreciated.
“Football is probably the most diverse sport in the world and in Western Australia and this is a great celebration of African culture.
“It is important that we continue to celebrate diversity within WA football and the broader community, and this is another step forward to ensure the game is accessible to anyone in WA.”
Togo defeated Kenya 2-0 in the final of the men’s tournament, while Uganda finished top of the women’s round-robin mini-tournament with Seychelles the runners-up.
We would like to recognise our major sponsors Healthway WA, Paydirt Media and the Department of Home Affairs and thank Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Hon. Bill Johnston, Football West Chairman Sherif Andrawes and Paydirt Editor Dominic Piper for making the presentations.
We also want to thank the companies that sponsored individual teams including PCF Capital Group, BDO, Gold Fieds, Resolute Mining, Base Resources, Capital Drilling, Cardinal Resources, Walkabout Resources, Force Commodities Limited, Lycopodium Limited and Gallagher.