Fulham Deaf to take on African Champions Ghana Deaf
Yes you read it correctly! Fulham Deaf are indeed playing against Ghana Deaf on April 26th 2008, in what must be the first ever game between an African Country and a British Deaf Football Club.
Fulham Deaf are honored to be challenged to a game by Ghana Deaf – also known as ‘The Black Wonders’ who are the current African Deaf Champions, as part of their preparations for the 1st Deaf World Cup in Athens, Greece this summer.
Ghana participated in the 1st African Deaf Football Championships in 2004 and defeated Nigeria and South Africa by 5 â€“ 3 and 8 â€“ 2 respectively to represent Africa in the 20th World Deaflympics Games in Melbourne, Australia â€“ January 2005.
Please come and support this match and give Ghana Deaf a warm welcome to London! There will be a ‘Ghana’ themed party organised after the game, where you will be able to meet players from both squads and celebrate the beauty of football for making such a game and party possible!
Please circulate this web page and poster to all your friends, and promote this match on your website if you own one! Thanks.
The match kicks off at 2pm, at the Fulham FC Training Ground, Motspur Park, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 6PY.
Admission is Â£3 to watch the game. Kids free.
Information about Ghana from wikipedia.com
The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa. It borders Cote d’Ivoire (also known as Ivory Coast) to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, Togo to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The word “Ghana” means “Warrior King”, and was the source of the name “Guinea” (via French Guinoye) used to refer to the West African coast (as in Gulf of Guinea).
Ghana was inhabited in pre-colonial times by a number of ancient kingdoms, including the Ga Adangbes on the eastern coast, inland Empire of Ashanti and various Fante states along the coast and inland. Trade with European states flourished after contact with the Portuguese in the 15th century, and the British established a crown colony, Gold Coast, in 1874.
Upon achieving independence from the United Kingdom in 1957, the name Ghana was chosen for the new nation to reflect the ancient Empire of Ghana that once extended throughout much of western Africa. In the Ashanti language it is spelled Gaana.
Below are photos kindly provided by Ghana Deaf.