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Algerian community comes together in Brent to cheer historic World Cup

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 July 2014

Close to 300 Algerians gathered to watch their nation's historic World Cup clash against Russia last week. Pics: Angela Blake

Close to 300 Algerians gathered to watch their nation's historic World Cup clash against Russia last week. Pics: Angela Blake

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The Algerian community in Britain came together in Park Royal to celebrate their country making World Cup history by reaching the last 16 of the competition.

A group of proud Algeria fans. Pics: Angela Blake A group of proud Algeria fans. Pics: Angela Blake

All three Group H matches involving the Desert Foxes were shown at the Nadi Park Royal Centre on Old Oak Common Lane before the African side were beaten 2-1 by Germany earlier this week.

Momota Ahmed, 22, of The National Algerian Centre, helped organise the screening of the games and was delighted to see the community come together in such large numbers.

She said: “For the first game against Belgium we had around 150 people at the centre. The numbers continued to grow and for the final Group H match against Russia we had up to 300 people.

“A lot of Algerian’s live in Golders Green but we had people travel down for the match from as far away as Birmingham and Sunderland.

Algeria fans feel the tension during the match against Russia. Pic: Angela Blake Algeria fans feel the tension during the match against Russia. Pic: Angela Blake

“Everyone was welcome and it was beautiful to see the community come together. We encourage Algerian’s to be cohesive with their local community and it was great to have English, French and African people come watch the match at the centre.

“Algeria took the football world by surprise and it brought people together.”

“A lot of Algerian people gathered at Trafalgar Square after the Russia match and it was a beautiful celebration.

“There was no rowdiness. There were people there of all ages, males and females and some elderly people joined in.

“Given the history that Algerian people have endured before the country gained independence, it was amazing to have Algeria flying the flag for Africa, the Arab world and Muslim countries.”

Ms Ahmed is hopeful the success of Algeria in Brazil will continue to have a positive impact for Algerian’s in Britain.

“People were not aware that The National Algerian Centre existed. That has been a big issue for us.

“We used social media and were invited on Robert Elms’ BBC Radio London show to highlight where Algerian people would be watching the World Cup matches.

“A lot of people wanted to see the last match against Germany in Park Royal but the centre is being used for Ramadan.

“We also have another Concord café in Queen’s Park, just off Carlton Vale in the Brent adult education centre. We hope members of the community will get it touch.

“We specialise in Algerian cultural events, cross cultural education, international trade missions and student exchange.”

For more information on The National Algerian Centre see https://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Algerian-Centre/215532778536223

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