Tuesday, May 8, 2012

West Sahara Football Team

West Football Association Logo

AssociationSahrawi Football Association
ConfederationNF Board
Head coach Mustapha Lamine
West Sahara Football Team 2011

Origins (1984–2003)

Many teams had represented Western Sahara or the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic on unofficial matches, being the first known against an Algerian league team as early as in 1984, before the creation of the Sahrawi Football Federation. In 1986, 1987 and 1994, friendly matches were played against Algerian, Spanish and Italian league teams. In 1988, a Sahrawi Republic team played with Le Mans UC 72 in France, loosing 3-2. On February 27, 2001, during the 25th anniversary of the proclamation of the SADR, a match was played in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf Algeria between a Sahrawi Republic team and a Basque Country national football team veterans team. The match was attended by more than 4,000 fans, and was suspended on the second half due to the temperature (38º C), when the result was 2-2.

NF-Board (2003–current)

On December 12, 2003, the Sahrawi Football Federation was the first federation provisionally affiliated to the NF-Board. In 2007, a team representing Western Sahara won the Macau National Football Team by 1-0. On December 23, 2011, the Galicia Official Football team won a SADR team by 2-1 on a match played in Teo, Spain. On December 5, 2009, three Sahrawi representatives participated in the 6th General Assembly of the N.F.-Board in Paris,France.

Official foundation (2012)

On March 25, 2012, Mohamed Moulud Mohamed Fadel, SADR Minister for Youth and Sports, announced the official creation of the Sahrawi national football team, by decision of the own team players, stating that "the reason behind its absence of the African football competitions is due to its non-membership in the Confederation of African Football.

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