‘A dream come true’: 12-year-old refugee in Poland scores goal for favorites Ukraine


On Thursday night, 12-year-old Dmytro Keda had a spontaneous moment of joy after scoring a goal for his favorite football club Shakhtar Donetsk in a charity game in Poland.

Keda had to flee her home in Mariupol, Ukraine after the town was attacked by invading Russian forces.

A Video of the heartwarming moment shows Keda wearing a shirt that read “Mariupol” while other members of Shakhtar Donetsk wore T-shirts with names from other Ukrainian cities. Both teams’ shirts also bore the message “noto war” written on it. In the video, after Note from Kedas a goal he is retained by his teammates amidentifier lots of cheers from the crowd.

After the game, the club’s official Twitter page shared a photo of Keda attending a Shakhtar Donetsk match with his father in 2014 when he was just four years old. The football club captioned the tweet, “Football is more than a game 🧡 In 2014, Dmytro and his father attended Shakhtar matches at Donbass Arena. In 2022, the boy played for #Shakhtar and scored the winning goal in a charity match.

CNN reported that before the match, the Ukrainian anthem was played, followed by a minute’s silence observed in memory of those who lost their lives ongoing war.

The match was part of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Global Tour for Peace campaign in which the team played friendly matches with international clubs to raise funds for civilians as well as the armed forces in Ukraine. According to the club’s website, as of April 7, 2022, Shakhtar Donetsk has managed to raise $47.2 million for his country.


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