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For Congolese man who resettled in Akron, 'soccer is friendship'

For Congolese man who resettled in Akron, 'soccer is friendship'
Makambo Mtambala, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo and now a resident of Akron's North Hill neighborhood, wants a larger following for Afro United, the soccer team he coaches.

Makambo Mtambala — a Congolese refugee and the coach of Afro United, one of the teams playing today — doesn't seem to notice the lack of a crowd.He wants Afro United to be known.Justin Glanville / Mtambala coaches his team, Afro United, during a Sunday afternoon game in North Akron.Justin Glanville / Selemani Olivier Kapela of Afro United covers goal during a team practice in North Akron.

Afro United keeps a busy schedule playing other amateur teams that it finds mostly via social media and word of mouth.Justin Glanville / Afro United currently has 22 players, and is recruiting more.

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