Bacca FC may not be a household name exactly, yet their rise to dominance in national five-aside tournaments has certainly helped establish them as one of the top teams in the country.
Made up of only Asian footballers, the Leeds-based outfit have travelled all over the nation to compete in competitions and their latest success in Stoke was the perfect warm-up for the big Wembley appearance next month.
Competing in a charity tournament, organised by the Stoke Community Sports Club, Bacca overcame 34 other teams to clinch the top spot and walk away with the cash award. £1,000 was granted to the winners, with the Bacca players donating £200 of that back to the cause; the construction of the Gillani-Noor Masjid in Longton, Stoke.
Club captain, Ismail Malik, said he was thrilled to clinch the prize yet stressed the importance of also giving back in society.
“We are obviously delighted to have won this tournament just a month before we go to Wembley for the FA Fives National Finals,” he said.
“As soon as we heard about the tournament we knew we had to be there and the fact there was a £1,000 prize for the winner was a big bonus.
“The organisers were extremely thankful for us donating £200 to the construction of the local Masjid, and it has to be said that this tournament was one of the best we have competed in anywhere in England.”
The West Yorkshire outfit currently competes in the local Beeston futsal league and earlier this year qualified for the national finals after success in the regional heats.
Ismail Malik said the side has always been proud of their backgrounds and hopes the team’s success will continue for the foreseeable future.
“Every time we play we are always proud to represent not only the Asian community but also the Leeds community,” he said.
“It is something we love doing and showing that Asian footballers are just as good as anybody when it comes to five-aside.”
Bacca FC will next compete at Wembley on the 14th December where they will be hoping to improve on their last finals outing and win the nationwide tournament.