A local soccer enthusiast says he’s recruiting teams for an August tournament that will celebrate world peace and multiculturalism.
“It’s all about love,” said Abdullahi Mohamed, who coaches soccer and goes by the name Captain Abdul.
On Aug. 25 and 26, teams will face off on soccer fields throughout the city for the Canada World Peace Soccer Tournament, he said, adding he hasn’t officially booked the space.
“I’m still planning it,” he said.
On the heels of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Mohamed is hoping to celebrate different nationalities in Edmonton. So far teams include players from Somaliland, Jamaica, Fiji, Kenya, South Africa, India, and Zimbabwe, he said.
“I want to talk about how beautiful of a country Canada is,” he said, noting he’s looking for volunteers to help out. “Let’s talk about peace.”
He estimated the tournament will include around 12 teams.
“My dream is that in the future people will come from all over the province,” he said. “And it will get bigger and bigger.”