On Thursday 20th September 2018, the Brigade of Gurkhas football team travelled to Glasgow to participate in the 20th United Kingdom Asian Football Championships (UKAFC). The competition was run over three days from Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd September.
The competition is organised every year by Scottish Ethnic Minority Sport Association (SEMSA). This year there were eight teams taking part; the Brigade of Gurkhas, Singh Sabha Slough, London APSA, Blackburn Untied FC, AFC Preston, SEMSA MYF, Sporting Bengal and FC Panda.
The Brigade of Gurkhas showcased tremendous football skills throughout the tournament. We played three games; winning one and losing the other two. We did manage to beat AFC Preston 6-3. The final game was played between Singh Sabha Slough (defending champions) and London APSA at the Celtic Park (Home of Celtic FC). London APSA beat Singh Sabha Slough by 3-1 and thus won the 20th UKAFC 2018 trophy. At the Dinner which followed the competition, the President of SEMSA, Mr Dilawer Singh MBE, made special mention during his speech of the Brigade’s performance.
We learnt a lot from the tournament and came away with rich memories. More importantly, it was an outstanding experience for not only myself, but all the players taking part.
Article and Gurkhas event organiser – Captain Kiran Pun HQBG