The first African adventure for Ramassà. Ethiopia was the destination that we chose to initiate a project that has made history.March 2014 will be day to remember in the history of A.E Ramassà, by becoming the first non-African football team to play friendly match in Ethiopia. No one could have imagined that the day would represent a turning point in the club’s history,a feat has helped us to grow not only as sports people but also as people.
The journey was worth it: we would be playing against Saint George FC, ranked as the fifth-best African team of the season by Africa TOP Sports magazine, with more thannine international players. The match took placeat the Addis Ababa National Stadium in front of more than 20,000 spectators who were present at this epic feat.
The welcome wasamazing. The Ethiopian supporters werelively, bringing music to the match with their famous vuvuzelas. It was more of a party than a match; a party of sport and solidarity. At the end of the match, many spectators went down onto the pitch to celebrate with us a day that we will always remember.
The impact of our trip and the match on Catalonia was astonishing. Much of the media wanted to follow the adventures of a humble fourth-division team from Catalonia playing against one of the best teams in Africa. The adventure was of special importance to the Catalunya Ràdio, COPE, RAC1 and Ràdio 7 Vallès stations, the SPORT and Mundo Deportivo sports dailies, and the general press, such as La Vanguardia o El 9 Nou. Also significant was the interview that we took part in with Mr. Josep Cuní on the 8TV channel upon our return, and, of course, the documentary that VOTV dedicated to our trip.
The solidary aspect played an important role in this trip. We did not want to leave the country without seeing and soaking up its culture, and helping the people of this wonderful country, too. A.E. Ramassà rallied its supporters, sponsors and local businesses so that they could the club them take sports and school supplies to Ethiopia. The result: delivering more than 100 kilos of sports and school supplies to many children who, thanks to this, will be able to play sport and continue with their studies in much better conditions.
Do you want to see what our players experienced on their trip to Ethiopia? VOTV has made this moving documentary about the adventure. Enjoy!