ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Sweden’s Kurdish football club Dalkurd FF came from behind to beat opponents Syrianska 4-1 in the Swedish second division on Monday.
Syrianska started on the front foot and took the lead early in the match when winger Ammar Ahmed scored after 10 minutes.
Dalkurd responded in the 34th minute through midfielder Robin Tranberg who leveled the scores to send the teams into the half even at 1-1.
The Kurdish club took the lead shortly after the restart when striker Kerfala Cissoko netted on 58 minutes. His strike partner Simon Alexandersson added a second in the 71st minute to extend Dalkurd’s lead to 3-1.
Dalkurd continued to push forward and were rewarded for their efforts when winger Joseph Ceesay made it four in the 86th minute to give his side a deserved 4-1 win.
The Kurdish-affiliated club has had a slow start in Sweden’s second-tier Superettan league but will be boosted with the comeback victory.
Dalkurd’s (2-1-3) next league match is away to undefeated side Varbergs Bois (6-0-0) on May 11 at 5 p.m. Erbil time.
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Based in the Swedish city of Borlänge, Dalkurd was founded on Sept. 26, 2004, by nine Kurdish immigrants as a social project. The club has since built academies in both Sweden and the Kurdistan Region.
The team’s colors are symbolic of Kurdistan, with the Kurdish flag included in the crest on their shirts.
Dalkurd had bull-dozed its way up the ranks of Swedish football since its 2005 introduction in Tier Seven, winning five promotions in its first five seasons.
However, after a string of poor results in Sweden’s top division, Dalkurd were relegated on the last day of the 2018 season, finishing in 15th place with 24 points (6-6-18).