Whitechapel’s homeless crowned football champions

A homeless football team from the East End produced a barn-storming performance to be crowned champions in a tournament featuring teams from hostels across the UK.

Players from Booth House Lifehouse in Whitechapel came out on top in Wednesday’s tournament, which was organised by the Salvation Army.

More than 300 homeless players from 26 hostels were involved in the tournament, but it was the team from Whitechapel who came out on top with a 4-2 victory over a Glaswegian outfit.

Speaking after the win, manager Faisal Ahmad said: “I’m really proud of the team, they were fantastic – an early goal from player of the tournament Djibdil Djalod set us up to lead the final. All the guys played superbly.”

The champions were presented with their trophy by former England and West Browich Albion striker Cyrille Regis.

He said: “As an ex professional footballer, I think it’s a wonderful idea to use the beautiful game to build the confidence of participants.”

“I am honoured to be a part of the day,” he added.

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