Bohemian women’s team announce friendly match with Palestinian FA

The Women’s Bohemians football club team have agreed to host a friendly match against the Palestinian Football Association on May 15th, in Dalymount Park. The women’s friendly match will will be played to commemorate the 76th anniversary of The Nakba.

The Nakba, which translates to ‘catastrophe’, refers to the mass exodus of at least 750,000 Arabs from Palestine. Both clubs teams are set to play matches against each other in both Ireland and Palestine.

Fundraising from the match will go towards funding the Palestinian team’s travel to Dublin and also towards humanitarian relief efforts in Palestine.

The match was agreed at a meeting between the President of the Palestine FA, Lt. General Jibril Al-Rjoub, Bohemians chief operating officer Daniel Lambert, and Seán McCabe, head of climate justice and sustainability at Bohs.

“Football has the power to evoke good across the world. Dalymount Park will send out a very important message on May 15,” said Lambert.

Bohemians have a fond relationship with Palestine. A Palestine flag has been hung from a building directly right above their stadium in Phibsborough before the current conflict started. 

The club released an away jersey decorated with the Palestinian colours in an attempt to raise funds for the project – Sport for Life Palestine, through sales of the 2023 shirt.

The Sport for Life organisation aims to provide access to sports for children in the city of Tulkarem in the West Bank. The match on May 15th is expected to be a sell out as history beckons in Dalymount Park. Tickets are available for purchase here.

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