A combined NSWIS and Sydney FC team has beaten an African Select side from Sydney’s local leagues in a training match to highlight the club’s link-ups with Harmony Day and Football United.
A combined NSWIS and Sydney FC team has beaten an African Select side from Sydney-s local leagues in a training match to highlight the club-s link-ups with Harmony Day and Football United.
The game finished 9-0 to the NSWIS side but it wasn-t about the result, as the match served as a great lead in to this week-s Harmony Day events.
The African team was made up of players who featured in the recent African Nations Cup in Sydney.
Celebrations for Harmony Day will continue throughout the week with Sydney FC players attending events on Wednesday in support of the day.
This Sunday-s match between Sydney FC and Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium is an official Harmony Day event and is also featuring Sydney FC-s link up with Football United.
Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Sport, Kate Lundy will be the special guest for the match.
“It-s the first time we-ve celebrated Harmony Day through a football match and there are obvious synergies with Football United who have been one of our partners for six years,” said Stefan Kamasz, Sydney FC-s General Manager, Community and Game Development.
Harmony Day's official colour is orange and is celebrated on March 21 every year. In 2012 the central theme for Harmony Day is Sport - Play, Engage, Inspire and recognises the important role and positive influence that sport has in fostering a sense of belonging, acceptance and understanding of other cultures.
Sydney FC's Harmony Day Game will feature Harmony Day crowd giveaways, big screen messages, multicultural player mascots and small sided games featuring Football United humanitarian refugee players.
“It-s going to be a great occasion especially bearing in mind the situation on the pitch.”
Sydney must win to qualify for the A-League Finals at the expense of their opponent.
The match is also the final home game for Double Winning Coach Vitezslav Lavicka who heads back to the Czech Republic once the season is over.
MATCH DETAILS Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets Allianz Stadium (formerly Sydney Football Stadium) Sunday March 25, 2012. Kick off 4pm
Sydney FC is offering a special ticket offer which allows fans to buy 2 tickets and get 1 free. Adult tickets are available from $20 and families from $50. (Please note this offer applies only to pre-sale through www.ticketek.com.au)