Halifax doctor in World Cup glory quest

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A Halifax GP is hoping to lead a team of British doctors in a quest for World Cup glory.

Dr Arif Kazi will be representing the British Medical Football Team in an international tournament in Brazil and will put men’s health issues under the spotlight.

“Our main focus is to engage the public, particularly men, in healthy lifestyle choices and the prevention of illness rather than the expensive alternative of treatment and also to raise funds and sponsorship for our charity,” said Dr Arif Kazi, secretary for the BMFT and tournament organiser. “Our team members have had to commit to a yearlong fitness programme, so they really do have to practice what they preach!”

Consisting of a group of doctors from across the UK who are dedicated football fanatics, the team will once again be competing in the World Medical Football Championships whilst raising money for various charities and raising awareness surrounding men’s health and well-being.

This year the championships coincide with FIFA’s World Cup tournament in Rio and the British team are hopeful they will bring back some metalwork.

The team are being encouraged and coached by none other than soccer legend and former Manchester United Youth Coach, Eric Harrison from Halifax, who has generously given his time to get the players into shape.

Team Captain, Dr Fourie, from Blackburn, said: “We’re one of the more consistent teams and have been in the semis or final every year since we won in South Korea, so hopefully we can do well out there.”