Surrey to Host Matabeleland in Opening 2022 Friendly

International Surrey Football is pleased to announce that the Surrey men’s team will be opening their 2022 post-season friendlies by hosting the Matabeleland diaspora team at Merstham Football Club on Sunday 8th May, the game will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams.

Surrey and Matabeleland, both members of the World Unity Football Alliance, will meet for the first time on Sunday 8th May at Merstham Football Club, where Surrey last hosted a game in front of spectators, playing the Chagos Islands at the Isthmian League club’s ground in April 2019, and both teams are excited to meet on the pitch for the first time later this year.

Matabeleland, established in 2016, the southern African team are best known globally for their participation in the 2018 World Football Cup held in London where they quickly became a fan favourite during the tournament. 2021 saw the establishment of the Matabeleland Diaspora team, representing Matabeleland from within the United Kingdom, and the team that Surrey will be hosting in May.

The Matabeleland diaspora team played their first game in September 2021 against the Welsh Football Fans for Independence with Matabeleland winning emphatically 6-0 against their hosts. Surrey meanwhile will be looking to build on the work of manager Matthew Nash having managed the Surrey side for the first time last summer as we hosted the Chagos Islands in a friendly, before welcoming teams for the inaugural edition of the WUFA World Series, all games were played behind closed doors at Merrist Wood College near Guildford.

Surrey will be hosting a number of men and women’s friendlies in May-June 2022, and we encourage fans to keep their eyes peeled for more information as it’s announced.

The game will be held at Moatside, home of Merstham Football Club on Sunday 8th May, kicking off at 3pm. Only e-tickets will be accepted at the gate but can be purchased at any point before kick-off, cash may be accepted in the clubhouse and done so at the discretion of Merstham Football Club.

Tickets are available for purchase from today: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/surrey-vs-matabeleland-tickets-296585343747

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