Δευτέρα, 13 Νοεμβρίου 2017

The football team of the Hellenic Athletic Club of Khartoum in the 1930s

The football team of the Hellenic Athletic Club of Khartoum in the 1930s

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)

During the pre-war period, the Greek football team took part in the local championship. The matches were usually held at the Gordon College. There were also two annual cups, the ‘Governor-General's Challenge Football Cup’ and the ‘Morhig Cup’. In 1931, H.A.C. played a total of 20 football matches with 14 wins, 3 defeats and 3 draws.


The Greeks of Omdurman (Sudan) in the 1890s

The Greeks of Omdurman (Sudan) in the 1890s

(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)

In 1885, the Mahdi forces conquered Khartoum. Those who survived the fall of Khartoum, including the 20 Greeks, were forced to convert to Islam, change names, wear local costumes and get married. The prisoners from Khartoum and the other cities settled in a district of Omdurman which was named Masalma (the district of Islamized) and received a monthly allowance. The Greeks formed a group that was represented by Dimitris Kokorempas.


The first Greek newspaper of Sudan

The first Greek newspaper of Sudan

(Excerpt from the book 'The Greek community in Sudan')

In 1911, two Greek entrepreneurs, Saoulis and Chrysantheou, founded Victoria Press and published the newspaper “Sudan Herald”. It was a four-page newspaper, written in English and Greek, and circulated once a week. Apart from Sudan, it was also distributed in Egypt, Ethiopia and Congo. After 1913, the newspaper was also accompanied by an Arabic edition of “Ra' id al-Sudan”.