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Barnt Green Spartak forward to represent Panjab FA at ConIFA World Cup

Craig Gibbons 17th May, 2018 Updated: 17th May, 2018

BARNT Green Spartak’s Nikinder Uppal will represent the Panjab FA at this year’s ConIFA World Cup.

The forward is part of a 20-man team involved in the tournament which starts on May 31 and finishes on June 9.

The Barawa FA are hosting the event with matches being played in and around London.

ConIFA (Confederation of Independent Football Associations) is an organisation which provides an outlet for countries, stateless nations and ethnic minorities to play international football.

This is the third ConIFA World Cup since the tournament was founded in 2014.

Spartak boss GJ Singh said: “Nikinder came to me about two seasons ago and last season he was in and out the squad.

“He tried to play at a higher level but it did not work out so I spoke to him about returning to us and he has really knuckled down this year.

“I got in touch with the Panjab FA and asked if they’d take a look at Nik as he has bags of potential and has all the attributes to be at a higher level.

“He went on trial and scored and has been involved with them the last two months.

“Things like this remind you that you do things for good will other than self gain and it feels like winning a trophy being able to help Nik progress.

“I know Nik appreciates the chance greatly and hopefully he enjoys it.”

Panjab FA are in Group D and will play Kabylie on May 31, Western Armenia on June 2 and then United Koreans in Japan on June 3.

The top two teams in the group progress to the quarter-finals to be held on June 5.

The semi-finals will be played on June 7 while the final and third place play-off are to be played on June 9.

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