Classy Camden are Freedom 50 Champions
By Emdad Rahman
Camden Vets have been crowned champions of the Freedom 50 football Championships at Mabley Green.
The North Londoners created history to despatch Spartak Luton on penalties after the final ended scoreless.
With the score at two penalties apiece it was the industrious Gia Rahman who put away the final penalty to bring it home for Camden Panthers.
Abdul Monaf was deservedly named man of the match for being the team architect from first game till last.
The Freedom Cup was organised by the Inner London Football League (ILFL) and 50 Activ Club UK.
Camden reached the final using the hard route and really had heads nodding after going a goal down in the semi final to the favourites, an excellent Beaumont Masters side.
With less than five minutes to go it was Gia himself who came on to level matters. Camden went on to beat their dashing opponents on penalties.
ILFL Chair Rashid Ali commented, “Today we pay homage to Bangladesh, in celebration of it’s independence.
“Congratulations to Camden Vets on winning and we thank all participants for playing with spirit throughout the day – Well done everybody!”
Eight teams took part in the 35+ veterans segment – The showpiece tournament of the day.
There were separate 16+ and 50+ age graded tournament being played simultaneously.
Victorious Camden manager Akbar Miah said, “We played with great heart throughout the day, well done to my team and all competitors.”
Penalty hero Gia Rahman, the older brother of the acclaimed Ash Rahman, made it a family double of scoring winning penalties in a final. He added, “It’s been a great day, one of celebration and unity. The Freedom Cup pays homage to the Bangladeshi freedom fighters and martyrs we lost during Bangladesh’s war of independence.
“I am dedicating this moment to them all.”