Several years ago,.AAF was invited to participate in an all-day soccer tournament in Fondeblan. AAF won that first tournament. The next summer, we hosted it and won again. Then in 2019 we invited back to Fondeblan where we were eliminated early in the competition. In 2021, coach Jude decided to replicate the tournament with all local teams...Basen Kayiman, Flaman, Laborye, Labaleine, and AAF.
An incredible amount of work took place...led by team captains, players, and friends of the team. The field was enclosed with tin and coconut branches. The goals were repaired. Nets were installed. Shaded areas were constructed for each team. Food was purchased and prepared. It is a major undertaking to host 6 teams and their fans for 8 or 9 hours.
I followed bits of pieces of news from my vantage point here in PA. Our team tied in their first two games. It was enough to advance in to the knock-out round. That is when I lost contact. Later that evening a message came in from Coach Jude : "AAF Chanpyon".
In an apparent nail-biter, Labaleine and AAF remained tied after regulation time. From all accounts it was a well-played and respectful game. A tie in a final match means penalty kicks to determine the winner. AAF was able to score on all five penalty kicks, and Labaleine missed only 1 of 5. It was enough. AAF was champion for the 3rd time in 4 tournaments.
The Labaleine player who missed his shot is a good friend of the guys at my house. I look forward to seeing him and encouraging him.
Hats off to : Jude, WEC, Jean-Pierre, Boaz, Shelterline, Madam Emmanuel and so many others who made it all possible.
THIS...is Asaph Teaching Ministry.
Missionary in Haiti.