Napoli soccer star Kalidou Koulibaly has donated uniforms and towels to the Arci Mediterraneo soccer team, whose players are immigrants, to support this integration initiative.
Shirts, shorts, socks and towels for the post-match shower are part of a gift made by soccer star Kalidou Koulibaly on Wednesday (25 May) to Team Arci Mediterraneo, a Naples-based club with immigrant players. Koulibali plays as a central defender for Serie A club Napoli and captains the Senegalese national team.
Arci Mediterraneo has been operating in Naples since 2015 with the idea that football has a great role to play in supporting the social integration and coexistence of people from different countries, transmitting the values of sport and encouraging direct participation by immigrants in the local social and cultural life can play life.
Koulibaly recently paid a visit to the squad during training and sent his gift of support this week.
‘I was speechless’
Arci Mediterraneo manager Mariano Anninciello said the soccer star “promised he’ll keep an eye on us” and then “surprised us”. “He sent the Arci Mediterraneo team consisting of migrants, jerseys and everything they need for a dignified competition – including towels! As always, he left us speechless. He surprised us and moved us to his discretion and humility.” of the gesture, Anninciello said.
“When he visited the team, he told us: ‘I will speak on your behalf, I have the power and the duty to do it,’ and we felt stronger in our fight against racism and discrimination.”
Team an example of integration
The team’s athletes live in different reception centers, both extraordinary reception centers and Italy’s SAI reception and integration system in the Naples area. This includes citizens of Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, Mali, Ivory Coast and Guinea. War, hunger, racial and religious persecution or, much more simply, the desire for a better life far from the borders of their country brought them to Italy.
The team’s captain, Abdoulaye Tounkara, who is from Senegal but originally from Gabon, is an example of integration. Enrolled in a SPRAR hosting project in 2014, he quickly learned Italian and then became a cultural mediator thanks to his mastery of seven African dialects.
The team trains at the ASD Kodokan, one of the largest gyms in Italy, in Piazza Carlo III in Naples, at the Real Albergo dei Poveri. In recent years, the team has participated in many competitions and events for amateurs and has achieved excellent results.