Cameroon side wins gold

Olivia Lewis
Exciting 6-3 final against Belgian team caps a week of football and cultural activities in the city enjoyed by students from seven countries.
Olivia Lewis
Cameroon side wins gold
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Players compete in the final game of the 2019 China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Invitational in Shanghai.

A team from Cameroon won the final of the 2019 China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Invitational on Sunday.

Sixteen school football teams, representing seven countries, took part in the weeklong tournament held at multiple arenas around Shanghai. After several days of preliminaries, teams from China, France, Belgium and Cameroon advanced to the weekend’s semifinals. Cameroon’s Fametal Ouragan FC faced off against Belgium’s KV Oostende FC in the championship match on Sunday evening, emerging as victors with a final score of 6-3.

At the closing ceremony, organizers screened highlights of the week before distributing prizes and awards to the top teams.

The tournament, sponsored by the Shanghai government, education and sports authorities and others, aims to promote cultural exchange and international friendship. In between matches, tournament organizers held cultural activities, such as a tea ceremony and a tai chi class, to help visiting teams experience traditional Chinese culture. They also visited famous tourist spots, such as Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Great World amusement center and Shanghai Tower.

Organizers also held a forum to discuss the development of campus football and a photography competition for spectators. 

Cameroon side wins gold
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Three against one in the final match between Cameroon’s Fametal Ouragan FC and Belgium’s KV Oostende FC.

Cameroon side wins gold
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Cameroon players take flight as they power to victory in the final match of the 2019 China (Shanghai) International Youth Football Invitational.

Cameroon side wins gold
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The referees keeps a close eye on the action as a Belgian player tries to stop a Cameroon attack. 

Cameroon side wins gold
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The Belgian keeper punches the ball away to foil a Cameroon attack. 

Cameroon side wins gold
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Shanghai Vice Mayor Chen Qun presents gold medals to members of the winning team from Cameroon.

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