On Thursday 19th September 2019, the Brigade of Gurkhas football team travelled to Glasgow to participate in the 21st United Kingdom Asian Football Championships (UKAFC) competition. The competition was run over the period 20th - 22th September 2019.
Players from across the Brigade of Gurkhas were selected to partake in the competition. The competition is organised every year by Scottish Ethnic Minority Sport Association (SEMSA). There were seven teams in the competition; the Brigade of Gurkhas FC, Coppice United, Well Foundation, Blackburn United, FC Blackburn, Azaad FC and Sporting Bengal.
The President of SEMSA Mr Dilawer Singh MBE and Lieutenant Colonel John Jackson (51X-Engt-Ops-SO1) praised our team performance during their speech at the dinner evening. The Brigade of Gurkhas showcased tremendous football skills throughout the tournament. We played two games won 1 and drew 1. We managed to beat Blackburn FC by 2 – 1. We drew with Coppice United 1 – 1. Brigade of Gurkha FC and Coppice United came out as joint top place in Group A with four points each. With one goal better to Coppice United, we only just failed to reach the final of the 21st UKAFC.
Ibrox Ground Team
The final game was played between Azaad FC and Coppice United at the Ibrox Stadium (Home of Ranger FC). Azaad FC beat Coppice United by 5 – 2 and won the 21st UKAFC 2019 trophy.