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Indonesian team wins New Taipei Migrant Soccer Competition

2017/10/22 19:20:11

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Pojok Joyo FC, a team made up mainly of Indonesian workers with one player from The Gambia, on Sunday won the first ever New Taipei International Migrant Soccer Competition held at Xinzhuang Sports Complex.

With a final score of 2-0, the team clinched victory over Bac Giang FC, which fielded mainly Vietnamese players.

The victory came with a trophy and NT$30,000 in prize money.

According to a press release from New Taipei City's Labor Affairs Department, one of the organizers, 150 foreign workers from 10 countries -- Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, The Gambia, Brazil, Mexico, Malawi and Taiwan, participated.

The migrant workers were from Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Miaoli, Taichung, Changhua and Tainan, the press release said.

Labor Affairs Department Deputy Commissioner Hsu Hsiu-neng (許秀能) told the Central News Agency (CNA) that New Taipei pays close attention to the recreational needs of foreign workers, especially those from Southeast Asia.

The city is home to nearly 100,000 foreign workers, behind only Taoyuan City and Taichung City.

Hsu said the city government holds several annual cultural and sports events for major communities of foreign laborers. Examples include Lunar New Year festivities for Vietnamese workers, a basketball tournament for Filipinos and sepak takraw or kick volleyball for the Thais.

"We found that soccer is really popular among many Southeast Asian countries so we decided to hold this event for the first time," Hsu said, adding that she hopes it will become an annual tournament.

Karen Hsu (徐瑞希), secretary general of Taiwan's Global Workers' Organization, another of the organizers, told CNA that such sporting competitions are a perfect opportunity for migrant workers to relax from their daily routine and interact with others in a healthy and competitive environment.

Sunday's eight-a-side soccer tournament was held in single elimination format with games lasting 40 minutes.

No limits were placed on the nationalities of the players, but each team was required to field a minimum of five foreign workers, according to the organizers.

(By Joseph Yeh)