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IFP v Bridge Football competition

Zhongyu Tian, a Bridge Programme student, wrote an account of the charity football tournament between teams from the Bridge Programme and the International Foundation Programme, which featured in the gair rhydd, Cardiff University Students' Union weekly newspaper.

For the purpose of raising money for Red Nose Day, the English Language Department held a charity football tournament, which featured matches between the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and Bridge Programme, on Saturday 16th March. On the big day, each programme was represented by two teams of players which faced off against each other. Although the Bridge Programme’s teams started out by thrashing their IFP opponents in the beginning, eventually IFP made a surprising fightback to take home the trophy.

Group Photo

In the opening match the Bridge Blues got off to a flying start, knocking 4 goals past Aziz Alshammari's IFP Team, largely thanks to the outstanding performance of marauding defender Shaun Tiddy. The next match was between the Bridge Oranges and Mashoor Alhoban's IFP team, who ended up neck and neck. In the following match, even though Mashoor's IFP team had to play 2 consecutive matches without a break, they did not seem fatigued. Instead, they quickly broke the deadlock after a great passing move involving Saaed, Assad, Badr, Omar and Huy. Although Bridge Blues fought their way back into the tie, Mashoor’s IFP team extended their lead, partly due to a goalkeeping howler. The Bridge Blues tried in vain to draw level and had a great opportunity to equalise at the death when the defender Sam used a brilliant deceptive movement to break through, but there was no teammate in support.

After that, the crowd enjoyed one of the performances of the tournament as Aziz’s IFP team gained a measure of redemption for their earlier thrashing at the hands of Bridge Blues by beating another Bridge team, Bridge Oranges, 3-0. The crafty midfield triumvirate of Muhammed, Rahid and Nasser did the damage with consecutive passes which bamboozled the defenders while Areej, the only female player in the whole tournament, was proving a handful with her intelligent forward runs. In the last couple of minutes, Bridge Oranges used an all-out attacking tactic, but even this did not make any difference to the one-sided game. The result meant that the winner of the match between the two IFP teams would be crowned champions, with the Bridge Blues praying for an unlikely draw. In the end, Mashoor's IFP team beat Aziz's team with a stunning 3-1 victory. Although the Bridge Blues’s players rediscovered their form in the last match to win 4-1 and claim the Bridge Programme bragging rights, this did not alter the overall standings. Mashoor’s IFP team were the inaugural winners of the English Language Department tournament.

The captain of the winning team claimed that every player deserved a huge pat on the back for their performance and that, at the end of the day, they were just happy to help raise funds for a good cause. After buying raffle tickets at half time, the winning numbers were drawn and the first prize was won by the victorious IFP captain Mashoor, who received a massive basket of chocolate to add to the trophy – it truly was his lucky day. Second prize was won by Bridge student Ahmed Alrawahi, making up for the disappointment of having deprived the Bridge Blues of victory with his calamitous goalkeeping error, and third prize went to IFP’s Fahad Amuzaine. In the end, the tournament raised a grand total of £156 for Comic Relief. Compared with some other activities, it might not sound like too much, but every little helps. We hope that the success of the tournament can energise more people to take part in such events and get them on board to raise more money for charity in the future.

International Foundation Programme