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[YI] Is Soccer more than just a Sport to Africans?

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Soccer is considered to be the most played sport in the world. It is a team sport fostering competitive spirit and supported by fans with the goal of winning. In Africa, soccer is more than a sport. It is a lifestyle that makes people happy, and brings them together. This sentiment is shared in many places around the world.

According to the most recent census estimates 61,487 residents are immigrants of Sub-Saharan African in the Bronx, New York alone. Considering the inclusion of the North African population, and direct generations, the total population is well over 100000.  This number is enough to sway an election in that Borough. Four Africans are running for office in one county alone. There is a need for African immigrants to come together and consolidate the political power necessary to fulfill the urgent social and economic needs for their communities in the Bronx.

The African Advisory Committee (AAC) under the auspice of the Bronx Borough President Rueben Diaz Jr., has been organizing soccer Tournament at the famous Yankee Stadium for few years now. The purpose of the event is to foster African unity and to showcase the cultural diversity of the continent in the Bronx. The Bronx has the largest concentration of African Immigrants in New York City. Joining us to help us understand why soccer is a unique phenomenon and one way of bridging the diversity within the continent is the Chairman of AAC, Mr. Famod Konneh and other members of the organization.