Cornwall to play Barawa in their first official international football match

Written by Samuel Turner |

Priory Park Bodmin – One of the stadiums with Treyew Road Truro and
Poltair Park St Austell that are likely to host Cornwall’s international matches | David Hawgood

In December 2018, Kernow (Cornwall) became a member of CONIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) meaning that Cornwall could play international football, not against the likes of Spain and France, but against teams such as Yorkshire, Quebec, and Northern Cyprus.

On April 9th, the Kernow FA released the details and the date of their first official international football game. Cornwall will play fellow CONIFA member Barawa on June 25th at Truro City FC’s stadium, Treyew Road.

Currently ranked 26th in the CONIFA World Rankings, Barawa are an experienced CONIFA team, and as such, they will provide a stern test for Cornwall.

So, who are Barawa?

Barawa is a port city and district within southern Somalia, with a population of over 50,000. The district is home to the Bravanese people and Somalis of the Tuni clan.

Barawa was technically the host of the 2018 CONIFA World Cup, although the competition was actually held in London. The team is made up of Somali Diaspora in the UK — people of Somali origin who reside in Britain. Currently ranked 26th in the CONIFA World Rankings, Barawa are an experienced CONIFA team, and as such, they will provide a stern test for Cornwall.

Barawa Football Association Logo

Cornwall have already played one unofficial match, when they played Foxhole Stars XI (a team made up of players from local Cornish football teams) in early March. Cornwall won the match 3-2 in front of over 100 people at Poltair Park in St Austell. The Cornwall side was comprised of players from the West Peninsula leagues and were managed by joint-managers Darren Gilbert and Phil Lafferty.

The home side will be not only be looking to this game as a celebration of gaining membership to CONIFA, but also as vital preparation game before the Atlantic Heritage Trophy, a trophy if won will ensure qualification for the CONIFA 2020 World Cup. The trophy will match Cornwall against Yorkshire, Jersey and the Isle of Man.

Not only is this game posed to be a celebration of Cornish Culture, but it also represents a monumental moment in Cornish sports and Cornwall reputation on the international stage.

Cornwall are still the reserve team for the CONIFA Euro Cup 2019 in Artsakh, meaning in order to compete in the tournament another team must withdraw. As such, this match against Barawa might also become important practice for the CONIFA Euro Cup 2019 as well.

Not only is this game posed to be a celebration of Cornish Culture, but it also represents a monumental moment in Cornish sports and Cornwall reputation on the international stage.

Undoubtably, this match will be a unique opportunity to watch international football and a chance to experience history being made.

To find out more details on the match, such as information on ticketing and merchandising, you can like the Kernow page on Facebook or following Kernow FA on Twitter.

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