Kick off the football season with a twist

3 August 2007

As clubs and supporters gear up Scotland-wide for the start of the football season, a cup game with a difference will be kicking off in Glasgow this weekend.

12 international teams featuring players from all over the world - who are living here in Scotland - will descend on Nethercraigs Sports Complex this Saturday and Sunday to compete for the title of the All Nations Cup.

A World Cup with a difference, teams comprising of players from Cameroon, Zambia, China, Iraq, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Scotland will battle it out over the course of the two-day festival, with the gripping final on Sunday at 430pm.

The event will launch on Saturday morning with a colourful opening ceremony of women in their traditional wear from Cameroon, China, Jamaica, Kurdistan, Pakistan and Scotland leading out the teams.

Music, dance, film, fashion, food and face-painting from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe will turn this football tournament into a fun-filled festival for all the family. And the whole two-day event is FREE.

Beltus Etchu from the Greater Pollok Integration Network, who played for the second-division side Wovia Utd in Cameroon, is one of the organisers and will be competing on the weekend. He said:

“The weekend is all about fun and community integration. It aims to help dispel negative stereotypes and highlight the positive contributions that new communities are making to Glasgow.

Football breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for young people. Footballers don’t tend to come from affluence – all over the world they come from deprived communities, but they make their life through football.

Football is about achieving, no matter what your background, colour or race. It is about hard work and hope and, for those 90 minutes on the football field, hope is everything.”


Notes to Editors:

WHAT: The All Nations Cup Festival

WHERE: Nethercraigs Sports Complex, Corkerhill Road (Opposite Cardonald College), G52 1RR

WHEN: Sat August 4 and Sunday August 5, 10am-6pm

There will be many photo opportunities throughout the weekend, but key times include:

  • Sat 10am - The All Nations Cup Opening Ceremony, featuring the Pan African Drummers. Women in national dress from each of the teams will lead out the players.
  • Sat Kick off - 1045pm
  • Sun Kick off - 1015am
  • Final Kick Off (Sun) - 415pm
  • Sun Closing Ceremony and presentation - 545pm

For the festival programme and fixtures, visit

For more info or interviews contact: Aideen McLaughlin, Scottish Refugee Council, 0141 223 7927/07734 030 763.

The All Nations Cup Festival has been organised by: Afroscots United, Glasgow Ansar (All Nations Sport and Recreation), Cameroonian Association, Greater Pollok Integration Network, Universal FC & the African & Caribbean Network.

Event sponsors include the Community Chest Sport Fund, Scottish Refugee Council, Goals Soccer, Greater Pollok Integration Network, Strathclyde Police, YMCA Glasgow, STRAC, Oxfam, SAE Institute, Scottish Women’s Football Association, Raith Rovers, Rangers, Celtic, Queens Park, Community Forum and Victor Morris.