By Tenzin Dickyi
The Tibetan National Football Association (TNFA) team left for North Cyprus day before yesterday to particpate in ELF Cup 2006. The member of 17 players along with Team's Manager Mr. Kelsang Dhundup and their coach Jigme Dorjee are all set to hit the playground from 19th November.
The ELF Cup is a new annual football tournament where teams from all over the world can participate. There are eight teams participating in the tournament this year. The tournament involve predominantly non-FIFA registered teams who currently lack opportunities to play competitive international football. Acronym for Equality, Liberty and Fraternity, ELF has the reason for organizing such a tournament for developing countries who can showcase their talents.
Gagauzia, Greenland, Kyrgyzstan, Zanzibar, Tibet, Tajikistan, Crimea and TRNC are the participating teams. Tibet will play its first game against Tajikstan on 19th November at Güzelyurt Zafer Stadium.
‘Unfortunately we are missing out many good players this time But we have a 19 year old, Tenzin Rampa from United States who will for the first time play with the Tibet Team in North Cyprus. He plays for Milwaukee Panther Football Team and is a very good player,’ Mr. Kelsang Dhondup told phayul.
Namgyal and Sonam Topgyal from Pokhra could not make it to the game as their employer denied to give them permission from their work. Another player namely Damdul was hampered by his studies who is currently studying in Delhi University. Two players from USA, Nawang Thinley and Rinam also had their sane reasons for not able to participate in the tournament. However, Tibet team is happy over the opportunity they have received.
Earlier this year Tibet National Team participated in the FIFI (Football International Federation of Independents) Wild Cup tournament which was being played in Hamburg, Germany. Though Tibet team could not make to the top but it has won scores of fans and has been dubbed “winner of hearts” by the spectators at the tournament. Lets hope Tibet National Football Team once again leaves a remarkable and significant impression on the world with this game.
The Tibet national football team is not internationally recognized. It represents the people of Tibet, many of whom live in exile outside their nation, and who are represented by the Tibeta Government in Exile.