Paul Backs Tunisia Bid

Monday August 1, 2016 at 9:31am

England have just returned from Tunisia after an historic friendly match in Africa where they sampled first hand the passion and wonderful facilities.

An astonishing audience of 33m people watched the game on TV and online in six different countries - now the country - which has purpose built stadiums for Minifootball - has announced ambitious plans to host the World Cup in 2017.

Now England Team Director, Paul Darke, has lent his support to the Tunisian bid: "The England Minifootball 6-a-side team have seen first-hand what Tunisia has to offer as a host for next year’s Minifootball World Cup," he said.

The enthusiastic Darke was also quick to praise the strides made by The Tunisian Minifootball Federation, adding: "They may only have been up and running since the beginning of this year, but if the developments that they have shown in this short space of time has anything to go by."

England's players had to adapt to the hype - something that Paul explained took a bit of getting used to: "The media coverage was something that we as a squad have never experienced and the interest and support from Tunisian national TV, other TV, media and press was of the highest quality."  The Federations strong leadership and the people of Tunisia were very welcoming and showed great enthusiasm and commitment with their event planning and delivery."

All of which has led Paul to throw his full weight behind the Tunisian bid, as he enthusiastically endorsed them: "Should Tunisia be chosen to host next year’s Minifootball World Cup, with a proposed purpose built stadium then England would be more than happy to take part, in what would be a spectacular Tournament with teams from all over the world."

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