The Saharan football team plays in Spain

The football It has been, throughout its history, something more than a mere sport, business or show. It has been a reference for the confirmatio

The football It has been, throughout its history, something more than a mere sport, business or show. It has been a reference for the confirmation of the peoples identity immersed in geopolitical claims that were brewing in the high halls of international politics.

One need only remember what happened in the 50s of the 20th century with the Algeria “ghost team” that came to cause a serious crisis with France and with FIFA, which even threatened with suspension the clubs or national federations that played against the Algerians who fled France to transform their football matches into a political weapon to achieve the independence of Algeria.

This “ghost team”, made up mostly of players who left the French league, played 91 games in different countries, winning 65, drawing 13 and losing 13, scoring 385 goals and conceding 127. The 6-1 win against a Yugoslav team camouflaged to avoid FIFA sanctions was sounded.

A situation similar to the one experienced by Algeria until 1962 has led it to suffer Occidental Sahara since in 1975 some illegal agreements in Madrid between Spain, Morocco and Mauritania.

However, the situation of the Saharawi people is not an obstacle for them not to represent their country through football and this weekend in Spain the Western Sahara senior football team played a game on Spanish soil.

The match was held at the sports facilities Gomez Castro in San Fernando, and faced Western Sahara and the C.D. City of Cadiz. It was not a friendly match, it was a match for friendship, with more than three quarters of entries and a mostly Saharawi public that celebrated in each action the recognition of their own identity.

The meeting began with the departure of both teams carrying the flag of Western Sahara, a sign of friendship and recognition of the identity of the Saharawi people.

The result had no importance, but the social strength of this football match did, which could be seen in how the Saharawi fans celebrate that its just struggle for its independence continues because Western Sahara wants to be free and that, as happens in a football game that needs another team to play, the Saharawi people need others to play for their cause, and found solidarity in the City of Cádiz.

Like that “ghost team” from Algeria, the Western Sahara team carries its claims and shows them to the world through sport. That is why their victories do not have statistical significance but they do have a lot of symbolic force.

As a curiosity, the final result was 5 to 0 for the Absolute Selection of Western Sahara.