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About Egypt 2015

Press Conference & Match Draw

There was a strong media presence and many of the SATUC Ambassadors were also in attendance. Their aim was to help us spread SATUC’s message around the world. The press conference was offer documents and speeches from dignitaries including SATUC Ambassadors, international speakers, and prominent scholars. As well as other localpoliticians and community leaders.

SATUC CUP 2015 Guest speakers include:

  • Hassan Shehata – SATUC honorary President
  • Ahmed Hassan – Honorary President of 2015 SATUC Cup
  • Gamal Allam – (President of Egypt FA)
  • Dr Ashraf Sobhay – Ministry of Youth and Sport
  • Leslie J. Baja – Philippines Ambassador to Egypt
  • Rabah Madjer – Algerian footballer and SATUC Ambassador
  • Dragan Bisenic – Serbian Ambassador to Egypt
  • Fernando Montano – famous ballet dancer and SATUC Ambassador
Sheikha then carried out the match draw, assisted by Captain Khaled Chairman of the Federation of Section II
  • Group 1: Egypt, England, Syria, Philippines
  • Group 2: Cote D’Ivoire, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania

Sheikha spreads SATUC’s message in her Match Draw Speech

Sheikha took the opportunity to put SATUC and her work in the public eye. In front of the world’s media she set out her aims and SATUC’s ideals. When the first Suez Canal was opened in 1869 the rules of football were only 6 years old – and it was to be another 53 years before the first Egyptian Cup was held. By contrast, the amazing New Suez Canal opened this month – and the SATUC World Cup was being held just 23 days later!

“I would like to start by thanking everyone in this room and many others who were not able to join us. The SATUC World Cup is a dream that has been made real because of the astonishing vision, work and generosity of so many people who have partnered with us to make this day happen. We thank our sponsors and ambassadors; our volunteers and our guests; the media and the logistical teams, and all the charities, organisations and footballing legends from around the world who have helped us to organise the trials and the teams. And we thank the players and their representatives for traveling to Cairo to join us in this first ever SATUC World Cup.”

The SATUC World Cup 2015 is a 5 aside football competition for 15 year old boys, many of whom are orphans or refugees. The matches will played across three days at Cairo’s Indoor Stadium. 8 nations have sent squads of 8 players and 2 adults, and the players have all been selected after a series of trials organised by charities or national associations in each country.

Opening Ceremony

The SATUC CUP opening ceremony was a wonderful occasion resplendent with lights, music, dancers and fireworks. Preceding the official opening match between Egypt and Syria (Group 1), which Egypt won 6-0. The excitement was tangible The children mingled well, and everyone was happy to be representing their country. SATUC World Cup for orphans which was held in Cairo under the patronage of Sheikha Sheikha Al Thani, president of SATUC foundation and founder of World Cup for orphans under the slogan “Children of the world are our children”, illustrating that there is no difference between children in regard of gender, religion, or color and she treats them equally in order to enable them to engage in the society in which they live. SATUC Cup had a positive effect on the all participating children which was clear through the great happiness on the faces of children either during the matches or accommodation in one of the greatest hotels in Cairo near Cairo airport. There was a lot of joy among orphan children from 8 countries and Sheikha Al Thani who was keen to be with children because they are the base of her charity project and one of the main goals in society. The Syrian children who participated in the tournament were ecstatic especially because they were the focus of the participants and they were so happy either in the hotel or Cairo stadium hall which hosted the tournament.

The 14-15 year-old participants, many of whom had never travelled abroad before, were accommodated with style in the Fairmont Heliopolis Towers Hotel, where they received delicious daily meals, and high standards of all-round care. SATUC also provided packed meals to the players and staff, providing the teams with the energy levels that allowed them to give their best on the field.


The Ambassadors’ Friendly Match

The Ambassadors enjoyed a light-hearted friendly match against the media partners where some former professionals could showcase some skills and the crowd enjoyed every minute of it. However, this was an important opportunity for them to put themselves in the players’ boots and unite in a spirit of competitive goodwill. Sheikha was involved too, flying the flag for female footballers!
Rabah Madjer and Abdoulaye Traore selected a team of former footballers and media partners to compete for honour and glory! The match was closely fought, with Rabah’s team running out 2-1 victors. Everyone had a good time and felt more connected to the children who were competing so hard on the pitch.

SATUC Cup 2015 Ambassadors Pack

SATUC Legacy

‘Ardell Iaiah Stirling and Ryan Nana Kofi Nkansah, have been scouted by football teams – SATUC gave them the chance to show the world what they can do, and they took it!

This is the result of SATUC’s hard work and we wish a world of success for J’Ardell Iaiah Stirling and Ryan Nana Kofi Nkansah. Other children have also joined famous and renowned football clubs in their countries through the SATUC World Cup. Their lives have changed and they have become national inspirations. This is all thanks to the Sheikha’s idea on how to create stars through her Non-Profit Organization, revealing the talents and potential of children worldwide.

J’Ardell Iaiah Stirling & Ryan Nana Kofi Nkansah was one of the kids who trained and played with the help of the SATUC World Cup 2017, England Team (2TR) led by Charles Clement Browne and Clasford Mortimer Stirling.

J’Ardell’s message to Sheikha Al Thani and the 2017 SATUC teams
Ryan’s message to Sheikha Al Thani and the 2017 SATUC teams
Mohammed Ishaq’s message to Sheikha Al Thani and the 2017 SATUC teams
MOHAMED ED-DOGHMI’s message to Sheikha Al Thani and the 2017 SATUC teams
Hadi Nabil’s message to Sheikha Al Thani and the 2017 SATUC teams

Months of careful preparation led up to one of the biggest charitable events Cairo has seen: 8 teams, 64 players, 1 goal. And what a success it was. SATUC was delighted and honoured to host such a great tournament, which helped so many under-privileged children.

As well as the hosts Egypt, Algeria, England, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Morocco, the Philippines, and Syria. They came to Egypt for 8 days – 27th August to 3rd September. SATUC’s smooth organization conveyed a highly positive impression of Children: many of the guests praised the charity and the role of Sheikha Sheikha Al Thani.

SATUC have always felt that sport can be a means to a higher purpose. Our message of peace, love, unity and equality is harnessed into the competition of football and the players learn something that transcends sport: they believe in themselves, know the value of teamwork and are left with improved communication and leadership skills, self-belief, and a desire to succeed.

All the children got certificates signed by Sheikha and Rabah Madjer.

SATUC legacy:

A bright future: some boys have been scouted by football teams – we gave them the chance to show the world what they can do, and they took it!

SATUC does more than just helping our children…in fact we have already had some huge success stories. At the cups so far we have invited top football scouts to witness the skills of the stars of tomorrow. We do not see our children as victims, and sometimes we are able to act as a springboard, propelling them into very bright futures! Take Mohammed Isaac for example.

SATUC aims are as follows:

  • First: Bringing together orphans, refugees and disadvantaged children from around the world for the purpose of sporting activity and cultural exchange.
  • Second: Giving disadvantaged children and orphans space to excel, making them the centre of attention and, through encouragement and mentoring, encouraging their successful self-realization and putting a smile on their faces.
  • Third: Establishing and reinforcing the principle of equality of opportunity. Attempting to reverse feelings of inadequacy, enhancing children’s ability to create chances for themselves.
  • Fourth: To light candles of hope that will illuminate routes into professional footballing and other careers, encouraging ambition for future success in all endeavours.
  • Fifth: To offer opportunities for disadvantaged children to travel abroad and experience different cultures, allowing them to engage with their peers in other countries, exchanging expertise and experience.
  • Sixth: To increase children’s sense of patriotism through these events with the ceremonies of flag-raising and the singing of national anthems.
  • Our mission is to improve the living standards and well-being of children in all parts of the world in order to provide them with a brighter future, one without poverty or ill-treatment.