SPORTING BENGAL rolled back the years as the renowned Tower Hamlets club paraded an array of legends who faced off against each other for a charitable cause.
With the Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar to escape horrendous persecution, global communities have united to add their voices in condemning the widescale atrocities being committed against innocent men, women and children.
The game at Stepney pitted two Sporting teams of under 40s and over 40s playing it out on the pitch. Despite the charitable atmosphere, the under 40s were in no such mood when it came to the game in hand – and stormed to a 5-0 win.
With the success of the fixture organised by several BFA legends, it is planned to make this particular charity fundraiser a regular annual event to support different causes.
Aftar Ali, Coach of Sporting under 40s, commented, “The boys put on a great performance for a very important cause. It was wonderful to see so many members of the Sporting Bengal family out here today wanting to help the Rohingya.”
Sporting legend Sana Miah, one of the key organisers added, “We wanted to do something to help the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar which is along the Bangladesh border. This was our way of showing support. Our target was to raise £1,500, with each player asked to donate a minimum of £50, but their generosity means we have doubled that. The success of this event has inspired us to consider arranging charity matches more regularly to support important causes.”
Also on the night, FC London played BFAUK Vets.
So far the game has raised over £3,000.00 which has been donated to the CAP Foundation and Lonely Orphans charities to aid direct the work both groups are undertaking with the Rohingya.