The SATUC Tournament in Sharm el-Sheikh was attended by the African football player George Weah, who played at Milan and was named in 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year. Weah came to Egypt to participate in choosing the best players from Egypt and Syria. The event was also attended by football players: Pascal Feindouno, Ahmed Hassan, Ahmed Shoubair, Hani Ramzy, Osama Nabih, Ahemd Nagy, Ashraf Mamdouh, Tariq Yehya, Rabie Yassin, Tawfik Saqr, Mahmoud Fayez, Jamal Alam, Amri Farouk and the anchors Ashraf Mahmoud and TV host Tamer Amin, in addition to many football players from Egyptian teams.
More than 150 children participated in the event hoping to be chosen by SATUC ambassadors of international football players. SATUC is going to support all teams participating in the SATUC World Cup including the Egyptian and Syrian teams under the supervision of football experts aiming to make professional football players of the talented children participating at SATUC tournament in Sharm el-Sheikh and then at SATUC World Cup for Orphans in 2017.
This tournament was such a great opportunity for those orphaned children to come together and to meet with many football experts and professionals to encourage them and take them as role model. This event was made to demolish several barriers in order to make dreams of those children come true. SATUC believes that such event gave those children a better chance to communicate with the community and to make their dreams come true supported by several countries and charities.
SATUC tournament in 2016 was part of the eliminations for the World Cup for orphans in 2017, in which 24 countries from five continents will participate. SATUC is pleased to receive support from several institutions, businessmen, governments and NGOs to draw smiles on the faces of the orphaned children and pave the way before them to success. This is how SATUC cares for orphaned children around the world.
On the first day of the tournament, 150 orphaned children gathered in front of the Ministry of Social Solidarity in the presence of several officials and media to cover the event. Each coordinator submitted a list for his team to SATUC to make sure they are identical with the lists provided by the Ministry of Social Solidarity. SATUC team was there since the early morning waiting for the children who were chosen by the Ministry of Social Solidarity to participate in the tournament. The children and their supervisors arrived at 11 am when SATUC team gave them warm welcome to ease their suffering for losing their families. They were offered water and juice before they were organized in one line. 50 orphaned children from Syria were present and led by the Syrian Captain Anas Hosary and 5 supervisors so that each one would be responsible for 10 children as agreed with the Ministry of Social Solidarity.
SATUC team lined up the children before each child received new sport bag like professionals that includes football clothing, towel, socks, training suit…etc. The orphans were very happy to have such experience for the first time in their lives that passed through many difficulties because of the loss of their families. After the children and the supervisors received their sportswear, they headed to five large luxury buses to transport them to Sharm el-Sheikh. Official Egyptian media as well as private televisions were there to cover the unique event.
2016 SATUC Tournament official supervisors of Egyptian Football Association.
- Nasser Mohammed Faraj – contests committee
- Mohammed al-Husseini – contests committee
- Atif Hussein – referee 4- Walid Abdel-Razek – referee
- Mohammed Hassan – international referee
- Sharif Rashwan – international referee
- Mohamed Sayed Dackar – international referee
- Mohammed childhood – referee
- Mustafa Almuniry
- Captain Khaled Ibrahim – Rehabilitation Specialist
- Captain Sayed Said – Rehabilitation Specialist
- The event was covered by the Egyptian public television as well as several private televisions (al-Hayat, Mehwar and Nahar)
- Meals, juices and water bottles were distributed on people on board.
- We tried to relieve their suffering and to provide joyous atmosphere for them.
- The buses headed to Sharm el-Sheikh carrying smiles of the children under extra security measures taken by Egyptian police to secure the convoy in its way from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh.
- The journey was indeed fun and safe. Police opened the way before the buses during the trip that lasted for 8 hours with several stops to comfort the children and meet their needs.
- SATUC team headed by Sheikha Sheikha Al Thani was keen to talk with the children at the buses to motivate them to do their best in the tournament, She told them that there are some orphaned children who seized the opportunity and joined big teams like Hadi Nabil and Mohamed Isaac who joined Wadi Degla team through their participation at SATUC tournament in Cairo.
- The buses arrived to the city of Sharm el-Sheikh in the evening and stopped by Hilton Sharks Bay hotel that was getting ready to receive the children by a big celebration
On December 29 2015
The children left the buses to enjoy welcome ceremony of the hotel dedicated for them after their long trip from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh. After the ceremony, the children checked in and got some rest before they headed to the restaurant and had dinner in the hotel that tried to provide all means of comfort for children. They went to sleep after eating dinner to prepare for the tournament in the next day. SATUC team headed by Sheikha Al Thani made sure everything is fine and the children were happy.
On December 30 2015
The city of peace received the Liberian football player George Weah who was named in 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year. He is also an ambassador of SATUC. He received a warm welcome by Sheikha Sheikha Al-Thani, President of SATUC, as well as officials of the South Sinai Governorate and Tourism Promotion Authority.
He wandered about Sharm el-Sheikh and took several photos with the people. The Liberian football star went from one place to another with his attendant in the city of Sharm el-Sheikh since he had heard much about it before he accepts the invitation of Sheikha al-Thani. On the same day, the Guinean athlete Pascal Feindouno who became a professional football player at French and Swiss clubs arrived as ambassador for the tournament to support the children.
He really made the day of those children and promised to attend all tournaments of the orphans. The first ambassador of Egypt to arrive on that day was Hany Ramzy, the Egyptian football coach and former defender who played as professional football player in Germany for 15 years. He came to participate in this charity event and support for orphans. He was welcomed by Sheikha Sheikha al-Thani at the hotel.
The second day started at 7:00 a.m. when the children ate their breakfast at the hotel restaurant in the presence of SATUC team and accompanied by their supervisors and the staff of the hotel to get them what they need. After the breakfast, the children moved to the stadium next to the hotel. It was decorated and full of sponsors’ banners making the festive atmosphere of the tournament, in which children took part for the first time. The children arrived in Concord Stadium. The technical committee was waiting for them.
The Egyptian children were divided into ten teams. Each team consists of ten players and represented a certain province (South Sinai, Aswan, Cairo, Giza, the Red Sea, Ismailia, Matrouh, Gharbia, Dakahlia, and the New Valley).
The Egyptian teams were divided into two groups as well. The first group included the teams of Giza, Cairo, South Sinai, Matrouh and Alexandria. The second group included Ismailia, Aswan, the Red Sea, New Valley, and Dakahlia.
The five Syrian teams were Damascus, Aleppo, Homs, Latakia and Deir al-Zour.
The first and second position of each group qualified for the semi-finals. The eliminations continued to the final. The five Syrian teams played and the winner was the one to collect the largest number of points.
There were a variety of juices offered for children in the playground. The tournament started at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 31st in the presence of the Liberian athlete George Waya and the Guinean athlete Pascal Feindouno and Sheikha Al Thani, president of SATUC Foundation.
They arrived early in Concord Stadium to participate in the tournament and support the orphaned children. The first match was run by international referees commissioned by the Egyptian Football Association, headed by Gamal Allam.
12 matches were played at the first day.
The first round started at 9:30 a.m. Giza played with South Sinai, Cairo with Matrouh, Ismailia with the Red Sea, and Aswan with the New Valley. The first round of the Syrian teams began by matches between Damascus and Homs, Aleppo and Latakia. The second round of the Egyptian teams started at 12:00 p.m.
Between Giza and Alexandria, Cairo and South Sinai, Ismailia and Dakahlia, and Aswan with the Red Sea. Then, the second round of Syrian refugees started with two matches between Damascus and Deir al-Zour, and Homs as well.
This concluded the first day of the tournament. The second day witnessed the arrival of the rest of the ambassadors from Cairo on Egypt Air plane.
The delegation consisted of Ameri Farouq, former Minister of Sports, Gamal Allam, President of the Egyptian Football Association, TV host Ahmed Shuber, Tarek Yehia, Rabie Yassin, Ahmed Naji, Mahmoud Fayez, Ashraf Mamdouh, Osama Nabih and Tawfiq Saqr in addition to Ahmed Hassan the great footballer and Honorary President for World Cup for orphans in Cairo 2015.
The delegation also included TV host Tamer Amin and the Moroccan Ambassador in Cairo Mohammed Alami. A delegation from Moroccan Mutual Aid Association arrived to sign the contract of hosting SATUC world Cup for Orphans in Morocco in 2017.
The opening started with row of all participating teams holding signs for the governorate each team represents from Egypt and Syria. The Egyptian flag and the SATUC flag were flapping in the presence of the ambassadors and the Moroccan delegation. The opening ceremony began with a speech by Sheikha Al Thani, president and founder of SATUC Foundation.
She talked about her dreams to help the orphans. Her tears during the speech touched everybody and filled them with eagerness to help the orphans and to support them to what they like. She said that she hopes to create an International Sporting Academy for orphans, asking everyone to unite to relieve these orphans.
Following Sheikha’s speech, Gamal Allam, President of the Egyptian Football Association, praised the noble idea to grant orphans the opportunity to play the most popular game in the world. He promised the cooperation of the Egyptian Football Association for the success of this event. Then, he announced the official opening of the tournament.
After his speech, in which he announced the opening of the tournament, a large cake holding the logo of SATUC tournament was presented. They ate the cake wishing happy New Year in 2016 to support the orphans.
Sheikha Al-Thani and footballers were among the children to relieve their pain and put a smile on their faces. It was amazing to find not only Egyptian football players, but also international footballers like Pascal Feindouno who danced to Egyptian folk songs with all orphaned children. The concert lasted for about an hour with folk songs and children dancing with artists.
All attendees forgot about the cold weather at that night, to celebrate that occasion and support those orphans who played football. After dancing and songs during the tournament opening, children queued, waiting for their return to the hotel, while artists returned to the hotel where they stayed; others went to have rest in their rooms; while a third group celebrated the New Year’s Eve in the hotel that hosted ambassadors and artists.
As for children, they returned to the hotel where they stayed, accompanied by their supervisors to have their supper, sleep and get ready for the next day that witnessed competition among children who showed their talents, before they joined the orphan Egyptian or Syrian teams.
On the third day, the children woke up at 7.30 a.m. 6 matches were played; the first of which started at 9 a.m. The children ate their breakfast, after they woke up at the hotel restaurant. Then, they arrived at the stadium at 8.30 a.m.
Each child joined his team which represents the governorates participating in the tournament. On the second day of the tournament, 15 matches were played, the first of which started at 9 a.m. on Friday, January 1st, between Cairo and Giza, followed by a match between South Sinai and Alexandria teams, a third one between Ismailia and Aswan teams, a fourth one between the Red Sea and Daqahlia teams which concluded the third-round matches among the Egyptian teams. The third-round matches among the Syrian teams started with a match between Damascus and Aleppo teams and another one between Homs and Deir AL-Zour teams. The fourth-round matches start with a match between Giza and Marsa Matrouh teams, a match between Cairo and Alexandria teams, a match between Ismailia and the New Valley teams and a fourth match between Aswan and Daqahlia teams. As for the fourth-round matches of the Syrian teams, it is formed of two matches, one between Damascus and Latakia teams and another one between Aleppo and Deir AL-Zour teams.
- Cairo vs Giza
- South Sinai vs Alexandria
- Ismailia vs Aswan
- Red Sea vs Daqahlia (which concluded the third-round matches among the Egyptian teams).
The third-round matches among Syrian teams started with a match
- Damascus vs Aleppo
- Homs vs Deir AL-Zour
The fourth-round matches start with a match
- Giza vs Marsa Matrouh
- Cairo vs Alexandria
- Ismailia vs New Valley
- fourth match between
- Aswan vs Daqahlia teams
fourth-round matches of the Syrian teams, it is formed of two matches
- Damascus vs Latakia
- Aleppo vs Deir AL-Zour
The matches ended at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 1st, for participants to get ready for the Islamic Friday prayer, to begin again at 2 p.m. and last till 5 pm. The last round included matches between South Sinai and Matrouh teams, the Red Sea and the New Valley teams and Homs and Latakia teams. After the matches, at 5 p.m., the attendees were surprised upon seeing George Weah, the Liberian athlete. He asked that children and media stars participate in a friendly match. This was already done, as he played a match with some media stars who covered the tournament. The match lasted for about 45 minutes, during which the world champion, George Weah, manifested his talent in playing, while children, who didn’t watch Weah playing before, greeted him with a loud applause. After the match that Weah and media stars played, children returned to the hotel. The media stars, Weah and the ambassadors also returned to their residence place to get ready for the press conference to announce the state to host the 2017 world cup.
The fourth day:
On the fourth and final day of the tournament, the children woke up at 7.30 a.m. and ate their breakfast at the hotel restaurant. Though they came from different governorates, the children were happily harmonious with one another. After breakfast, they headed to the stadiums to play the final matches, which started with a match between,
- Matrouh vs Alexandria
- New Valley vs Daqahlia
Latakia vs Deir Al-Zour,at the final first-round matches. Then, the semi-final matches began, to last till 11 a.m.
The players had rest from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m. when the final match between
Red Sea vs South Sinai teams was played. The latter won the match by two clear goals and thus won SATUC orphans tournament at Sharm Al-Sheikh. On the other hand, Latakia won SATUC Syrian refugees tournament.
After the final match between the Red Sea and South Sinai, it was time for the match played by the stars and ambassadors and some media stars. Several games were played, where George Weah and Pascal Feindouno played all the time and showed extraordinary athletic skills just as Ahmed Hassan did. Sheikha Al-Thani also participated with them. The match ended while each team scored 4 goals, some of which were scored by Ahmed Hassan, George Weah and Ashraf Mamdouh.
After that match, there was a ninety-minute rest for all to prepare for the final reception which started at 6 p.m., including artistic shows beginning with a show by Show Mexico and another one by Basata Show led by Ehab Gaber. The children happily interacted with the stars attending the celebration.
Happiness prevailed during the tournament and the children were smilingly anticipating the future, hoping that stars would arise from their teams.