Like many young men in Italy, these amateur soccer players in the small Sicilian town of Mineo dream of stardom on the field. But for this group, having made it this far is already an achievement.
ASD Mineo, as their squad is called, is made up of African migrants who risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean in hopes of finding asylum – a journey that has killed many others in shipwrecks.
Their team, the first of its kind in Italy, was created and funded by the managers of the Mineo centre for asylum seekers, pictured above. It is one of Europe’s largest such shelters, hosting some 4,000 migrants from 40 nations.