In the last game for the team at this tournament, Tamil Eelam defeated a weakened Darfur United by ten goals to nil.
The Darfurians, all of whom live in a refugee camp in eastern Chad, started the game with 10 players, and as expected, Tamil Eelam controlled the game from the start.
Gvinthan opened the scoring, before Majouran headed the ball in from a corner. The first half ended 4:0, with Gvinthan and Prashanth Ragavan scoring.
Darfur United came better into play during the second half and created several chances. However Tamil Eelam maintained their possession and continued to score.
Prashanth R added a fourth goal to his tournament tally with a clean finish, after Mathan skillfully outplayed the Darfurian defence. Gajenthiran scored one from outside the box and substitutes Prasant V and Christman both scored two, with the latter scoring within a minute of coming onto the pitch.
Darfur bravely continued to attack, with several chances going their way and only the crossbar preventing them from scoring their first goal of the tournament.
After the final whistle, players from both teams posed for pictures together and the Tamil captain Gajenthiran presented the Darfurian team with a Tamil Eelam flag and a t-shirt.
“This was a very special game for us. Both of our nations are suffering from genocide and there was a connection between the players, during and after the match,” goal scorer Christman Gunasingam told the Tamil Guardian, back at the team hotel.
“We took the coach back to the hotel with the Darfurians. The players sang and clapped together and several were speaking about their experiences in their countries. We wish them all the best for the future and hope they will see success,” head coach Ragesh Nambiar added.
The result means Tamil Eelam finishes 11th in the tournament, ahead of Darfur, who are last. Tomorrow’s final will be played between the two surprise teams, Countea de Nissa FA and Ellan Vannin.