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Nigeria Wins Refugee World Cup In Brazil



The Refugees World Cup is a football tournament organized by the United Nations Refugee Agency in partnership with NGOs in Brazil. Bringing together 250 refugees, the annual tournament is aimed at helping them integrate into Brazil through football.


According to UNHCRNigeria beat other countries to win the fourth edition of the World Cup which kicked off on September 16. The tournament was played over a 9-day period, within which 16 teams competed. Playing in Nigeria’s national colours, the Nigerian refugees defeated Morocco 9-4 in the finals to take the title for the second time since its inception.

Speaking about the tournament, head of the United Nations Refugee Agency in São Paulo, Maria Beatriz Nogueira, said:

“Brazil is known as football country. But we want to show that there are a lot of other football countries too.

This is a gesture to Brazil from the refugees they’ve welcomed to show that they want to integrate and that they really do speak the same language.”

This is a clear message that, whatever the situation, Nigerians keep repping everywhere they go.

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